IOWA CITY, Iowa - Had a Major League Baseball team met his price, Brody Brecht would have skipped college and began his pro career. Even then, the move would have come reluctantly.
"I just have to see where I'm at," Brecht told HN in May. "I've thrown for a few (scouts). I have a tough decision to make, whether I want to go to Iowa or the draft. I'm not closing any doors yet.
"The plan right now is I'm still going to Iowa, but, like I said, I'm not closing any doors."
Brecht rocketed up the draft rankings with his baseball performance this summer. MLB.com rated him among the Top 80 prospects and Baseball America put him just outside its Top 100.
BA said this about him:
Brecht is a late riser who teams were running in to see after he got on the mound, and he showed a fastball that reached 97 mph and a plus slider. Those are two extremely loud pitches for a player who lacks significant scouting history and will likely be an enigma for teams given that and his football commitment.
He has the frame and the athleticism that scouts love to see on the mound, but there’s also a lot of moving parts in his delivery that will need to be ironed out in the future. He throws with effort and has a deep, plunging action in the back of his arm stroke that could lead to spotty command and inconsistencies with his secondaries, but he also has the physical projection in his frame to potentially throw 100 mph one day.
MLB teams interested in Brecht found out before the draft that it would take a significant financial commitment to buy him out of his Iowa pledge. None of them stepped forward through the 10 rounds of the MLB Draft that were completed by Monday night, and he decided to announce he'd be attending college.
"Yeah, I would have already been drafted," Brecht told HN Monday night when asked if he let MLB organizations know his price tag.
Brecht is enjoying a sensational senior baseball season. He's 7-0 with 89 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings on the mound. He owns a 0.68 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP. He's also hitting .410 with a 1.108 OPS.
As a receiver, Brecht led state champion Ankeny in receptions (42), receiving yards (599) and touchdown catches (12) last fall. He earned first-team all-state honors from The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association.