IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa redshirt junior Nick Allgeyer became the third Hawkeye selected in the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft when he was chosen in the 12th round by the Toronto Blue Jays.
The left-handed pitcher from St. Louis was selected with the 356th pick. Allgeyer joins former Hawkeye Matt Dermody in the Blue Jays’ organization. He is the 18th player selected under Iowa head coach Rick Heller.
Allgeyer was a first-team All-Big Ten starting pitcher in his first (and only) season in Iowa’s weekend rotation. He finished the season with a 5-4 record and a 2.41 ERA over 97 innings, fanning 95. Allgeyer ranked in the top-four in the Big Ten Conference in strikeouts (second), ERA (fourth), and innings (fourth), while being fifth in strikeouts looking (26) and 10th in batting average against (.235).
After missing the 2017 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, Allgeyer posted a quality start in 13 of his 15 outings. His 95 strikeouts were tied for the second most in a single season in school history, while his 97 innings were the most since 2010 and the sixth-most all-time.
Allgeyer is the sixth starting pitcher to be drafted and the second-highest pitcher selected (Blake Hickman, 7th Round) during the Heller tenure.
The Hawkeyes also had a signee selected during the 12th round when Kirkwood Community College shortstop Korry Howell was taken with the 365th pick by the Milwaukee Brewers.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa junior Zach Daniels became the fourth Hawkeye off the board when he was selected in the 19th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Atlanta Braves.
The right-handed reliever from Robins, Iowa, was taken with the 562nd pick. He is the 19th player selected under Iowa head coach Rick Heller.
Daniels was Iowa’s top reliever as a junior, going 6-2 with a 2.56 ERA in 25 appearances. He logged 45 2/3 innings, allowing 16 runs (13 earned) on 32 hits and fanning 49. He limited opposing hitters to a .200 average.
As a freshman, Daniels was a two-way player for the Hawkeyes, starting 29 games at second base. He transitioned solely to the mound as a sophomore, where he went 7-3 with a 3.22 ERA. Daniels was 14-6 with a 2.68 ERA in 65 career appearances with 119 strikeouts in 114 innings.
Daniels’ 65 career appearances are the fifth-most all-time and his 11 career saves rank eighth in the Iowa record books.
Iowa has had four players drafted in each of the past two MLB Drafts (2017, 2018).
IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa junior Brady Schanuel became the fifth Hawkeye selected in the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft when he was taken in the 27th Round by the Milwaukee Brewers.
The right-hander from Swansea, Illinois, was selected with the 815th pick. He is the 20th player selected under Iowa head coach Rick Heller. The five draft picks in 2018 tie the program record. Five Hawkeyes were also selected in 2015 in Heller’s second season and in 1992.
Schanuel went 5-7 with a 5.94 ERA in 14 appearance (13 starts) during his first season as a Hawkeye. He finished the season with 65 strikeouts over 53 innings with the strikeout total tying Schanuel for 13th in the Big Ten Conference.
Schanuel’s best start came on March 23 when he tossed a career-best seven innings, allowing just one hit and fanning 11 in a 5-1 victory over No. 11 Indiana. The 11 strikeouts were the most by a Hawkeye since 2004. He was named the Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Week on March 25.
It is the third time Schanuel has been drafted. He was selected 36th Round by the Oakland Athletics in 2016 and the 20th Round by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2017.