Joliet, Ill. – Former Saint Xavier University pitching standout Ryan Quigley (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) recently signed a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks and will join the Major League Baseball (MLB) team's minor league spring training program this March. Since wrapping up his collegiate career at SXU in 2007, Quigley has had two separate stints in the Frontier League, an independent professional baseball league, with the Southern Illinois Miners and most recently, the Joliet Slammers. After his record-setting season as the Slammers' closer this past summer, the Diamondbacks took notice and purchased his contract from the unaffiliated squad. If all goes well next spring, the 26-year-old may get the chance to play for an affiliated ballclub.
"Ryan is a great pitcher and an equally great person," said Saint Xavier University baseball coach Mike Dooley. "This is a wonderful opportunity for him and I could not be happier for Ryan and his family. He has the chance to complete a life-long dream that few people ever realize. Ryan has worked extremely hard to get to this position and I know that he will do whatever it takes to make his dream a reality."
Quigley had an impressive career with the Cougars from 2004-07. The two-time NAIA All-American finished his stint with the Cougars second all-time in career wins (32) and career strikeouts (310) as well as third all-time in career innings pitched (337.1). He was a NAIA All-Region VII selection in both 2005 and 2007 and named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Pitcher of the Year in 2007. Last season with the Slammers, Quigley broke a Frontier League record with 28 saves. He threw 42.2 innings as the closer and tallied 72 strikeouts and a 2.32 earned run average (ERA).
To learn more about Quigley's feat, read the Joliet Herald News column by Dick Goss by clicking here