Dual-sport Hawkeye commit receiving buzz for 2021 MLB Draft
Dual-sport athlete Brody Brecht has committed and signed on to play for Iowa as a member of the 2021 recruiting class, but he may have a big decision to make come July.
On the gridiron, Brecht is a three-star wide receiver out of Ankeny, Iowa. He chose the in-state Hawkeyes over offers from Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, and Nebraska, among others. Brecht was rated the No. 14 prospect out of Iowa for the 2021 class by the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.
Brecht’s commitment to Iowa also carried a commitment to Hawkeye baseball. Listed at 6-foot-4, Brecht’s promise on the pitching mound has started to catch the attention of MLB scouts.
According to Hawkeye Insider, Brecht’s fastball can be thrown around 95 MPH while jumping up to 98 MPH on some occasions. That is the kind of elite velocity that gets serious attention with Brecht hearing more about his draft prospects since January.
“I was kind of closed off to teams from November to February,” Brecht said. “I was dead set on going to Iowa. As of recently, with more and more interest and seeing where I could go, I’ve opened the door a little bit more to the possibility of going to the MLB. I still plan on going to Iowa, but if the number hits that I want, then I’m really going to have to think about it.”
Brecht went on to say that the teams that have reached out to him like his potential with some believing he could eventually reach triple digits on the radar gun. Teams have also cited his athleticism and explosiveness in the field with most teams giving him a third- or fourth-round grade.
When it comes to the final decision, Brecht noted that he is in a good spot with his current leverage. Teams are aware of Brecht’s abilities on the football field, and he would have no problems heading to Iowa if the draft slot and contract does not fit what he is looking for:
“There’d be quite a difference in money between the top-five rounds and the rest,” Brecht said. “I have a lot of leverage in the draft. I can potentially sign for more money than guys going ahead of me because I’m playing football, too, so they have to buy me out of football, unlike the others that are just playing baseball. Leverage is kind of my biggest advantage right now.”
The MLB Draft is set to get underway July 11. It will be interesting to see where Brecht winds up when it is all said and done.