Iowa signee Brody Brecht goes unselected in MLB Draft, will play football and baseball for Hawkeyes
Iowa football signee Brody Brecht will play for the Hawkeyes after going undrafted in the 2021 MLB Draft.
Brecht, a talented high school pitcher and 3-star football recruit, was considered to be a top-125 prospect in baseball’s draft. However, he went undrafted due to signability concerns.
Brecht told the Des Moines Register that teams were unwilling to pay his asking price to forego his collegiate career.
“I had an original price that probably would have been met and made me get drafted,” Brecht told the Register’s Tommy Birch on Monday. “But I was kind of rethinking and I just wasn’t really comfortable leaving Iowa for that amount, so I raised it and some teams backed out and it just kind of got pretty quiet.”
Brecht said he was asking for more than $1 million to skip college and begin a professional baseball career.
Brecht is a 3-star prospect and the No. 693 overall player in the class of 2021, according to 247Sports Composite rankings. He’s an Ankeny, Iowa, native.
Listed at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, Brecht has the physicality to help the Hawkeyes sooner rather than later.
“I just felt like it wasn’t worth giving up two sports, giving up football, giving up my degree,” Brecht told the Register. “I just didn’t think it was worth it for that much. It was just kind of what my heart was telling me.”
He’s expected to enroll at Iowa later this fall.