FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas Razorbacks junior right-handed pitcher Trey Killian officially has signed a contract with the Colorado Rockies, the University of Arkansas confirmed Monday.
Killian, a native of Norfork and graduate of Mountain Home High School, was recently drafted in the ninth round by the Rockies in the major league draft.
Killian lettered all three years for coach Dave Van Horn’s Razorbacks and was the No. 1 starting pitcher in 2014 and 2015, despite some tough luck and lack of run support, saddling him with 4-9 and 3-5 records, though he still helped the 2014 Hogs reach the NCAA Regionals and the 2015 Hogs advance all the way to the College World Series.
Upon his return from the College World Series in Omaha, Killian said playing for the Razorbacks was a lifelong dream, but that pitching professionally also is a lifelong dream he is ready to fulfill.
“It’s been the best three years of my life here,” Killian said. “I am just looking forward to the next step.”
Killian said having to pitch through adversity at Arkansas — and playing for teams that played through adversity, particularly the 2015 team advancing all the way to Omaha despite starting 11-12 overall and 1-5 in the SEC — was a learning experience.
The Hogs finished 40-25 and never lost a SEC series after being swept at Vanderbilt and losing two of three at home to LSU.
“Just being here for three years and everything I have been through on and off the field, it’s been a learning experience all the time,” Killian said last week. “I couldn’t be more thankful that I got to spend it here in my home state and I got to represent Arkansas and my fans, and family and friends and everyone that supported us.”
Killian threw four complete games as a sophomore, with seven quality starts pitching at least into the sixth inning as a junior, including seven perfect innings against Vanderbilt, handing a 0-0 game to the bullpen in the eighth of an eventual 1-0 loss.
Killian was named Louisville Slugger’s National Player of the Week for his performance against Vanderbilt, his first SEC start after being sidelined for the February nonconference campaign by tendinitis.
In 2172/3 career innings, Killian struck out 158 and walked just 54.
The Major League Rockies assigned Killian to rookie league ball in the Pioneer League, pitching for the Grand Junction Rockies in Grand Junction, Colo.
Signing money was not announced, but the 2014 ninth round standards ranged from $142,000 to $152,000.