Iowa is a throwing team! At least the baseball squad is.
While the Iowa football program has struggled mightily over the past few years to throw the ball, it’s actually an area where their baseball program has excelled. Funnily enough, a former Hawkeyes football player is leading the charge on the mound.
Brody Brecht decided this year to fully commit to baseball, pursuing the sport where his future was brightest. The choice has worked wonders for the sophomore, Brecht recently named a third-team All-American by Perfect Game. The news comes days after Brecht was selected as a third-team All-American by the NCBWA.
Brecht continues a streak of Iowa All-Americans on the mound. The Ankeny, Iowa, native joins Adam Mazur and Trenton Wallace as Iowa’s third straight.
— Iowa Baseball (@UIBaseball) June 15, 2023
Brecht earned third-team honors after going 5-2 with a 3.74 ERA in 16 starts. The right-hander posted four quality starts and fanned 109 batters over 77 innings. The Ankeny, Iowa native leads the nation in hits allowed per nine innings (4.32).
Brecht’s excellence on the mound helped Iowa to one of their best seasons in program history, finishing with a team record-tying 44 wins. The Hawkeyes advanced to the Big Ten Tournament championship game and subsequently won two games at the Terre Haute Regional. It was Iowa’s first NCAA Regional appearance since 2017.
Brecht is a name to watch out for ahead of the 2024 MLB draft. Analysts and scouts have raved about his fantastic stuff, specifically his lightning fastball. He is viewed as a potential top prospect.