The Sioux City Explorers have announced the signing of RHP Dylan Hecht for the 2021 season.

Dylan Hecht will be playing in his third season of professional baseball and first with the X’s. 

A right hander from San Mateo, California, Hecht began his collegiate career at the University of California-Santa Barabara. In only his freshman season with the Gauchos he earned the team’s closer role. He racked up nine saves and 45 strikeouts in 29 games and 34.1 innings. Of the 19 hits he allowed during the season, only three went for extra bases, all resulting in doubles. 

The incredible season earned Hecht Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honors as well as being named Second Team All Big West. 

Leading into the following year Hecht was named the 46th overall sophomore prospect by Baseball America and 64th overall by Perfect game. The Gauchos used Hecht as a starter to begin the season before transferring him back to the bullpen. He made nine total appearances with three being starts for a 2-1 record and a 6.61 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 16.1 innings pitched. 

That summer, Hecht traveled cross country to the Cape Cod League, pitching for the Bourne Braves. In six games on the Cape he sported a 2.35 ERA in 7.2 innings with 11 punch outs. 

Hecht finished his collegiate career with Sonoma State. In two seasons with the Seawolves he appeared in seven games, allowing opposing hitters to bat just .188 off him and striking out 17 batters in 9.2 innings for an incredible 15.8 K/9. 

The soon to be 27 year old pitched for the Pittsburg Diamonds of the Pacific Association for two seasons. In 9 innings over 12 appearances he struck out 12 batters.