Fall Report: IowaFall Report
Iowa enjoyed a great deal of success in 2019 despite injuries that ate into the pitching staff, sidelining LHP Jack Dreyer, RHP Ben Probst and RHP Hunter Lee for all but 12.2 innings in the aggregate. The injury bug continued to nibble this summer and into the fall, with a knee injury sidelining last year’s top bat, INF Izaya Fullard, less than a month into his summer campaign in the Northwoods League with Lakeshore, and a host of other minor dings keeping numerous players off the field for patches of time.
“We took a beating in summer ball this year… just a lot of freak stuff,” Iowa head coach Rick Heller said. “It slowed things down for us the first half of the fall, [but] we got most of them back by the end.”
For Iowa, the key to a successful 2020 seems to be keeping a deep, talented and rapidly improving squad on the field, as the club looks well positioned to improve – perhaps significantly – on last year’s .500 conference record.
For the first time in nine months, the Iowa pitching staff appears to be healthy and clicking on all cylinders, and Heller is understandably excited to have Dreyer, Probst and Lee back in the mix. “Having those three guys back healthy [this fall] was almost like having a bonus recruiting class this year.”
Before succumbing to injury last spring, Probst was consistently working into the mid 90s with his heater. This fall, he, Dreyer and Lee looked healthy and ready to step in as contributors in 2020, giving Heller and his staff plenty of options when it comes to constructing a weekend rotation and bullpen for the upcoming season.
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