Brody Brecht, RHP - Iowa
Another name that might not be a shock to many is Brody Brecht, a noted Iowa wide receiver. Jokes aside, the kid throws 100 mph, and it's the smart move to put down the football helmet to focus on baseball. It was interesting to me that he did not enter the portal and end up at some big-time SEC school after last year, but he's a Hawkeye, through and through.
There was a ton of buzz around Brecht last year after he really started to emerge as a prospect; he was throwing 100 mph and having some success as a starter. He's a 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-handed pitcher that will be impressive in the long run.
Last season, Brecht made 16 starts with one relief appearance. He threw 77.0 innings overall with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. The Hawkeyes starter had 61 walks and 109 strikeouts in 2023. The BB: K ratio has been the biggest knock on Brecht.
He throws 100 mph and will get plenty of attention, but he could fall in the draft rankings depending on how this Spring goes. He's got some issues with the strike zone. Working around the zone rather than in the zone is one of the issues he has.
Finding a way to be more consistent with his location and be able to attack hitters in the zone will be a gateway to him making more money in the draft. If Brecht can locate better in 2024 for the Hawkeyes, it could elevate him on draft boards.
Brecht is someone I plan to see this Spring, so look for him to throw more strikes for the Hawkeyes and be a solid option once again for Iowa.