Iowa right-handed pitcher Brody Brecht enters the season as the Big Ten’s top prospect for the 2024 MLB Draft. A consensus top 25 prospect, as Brecht toes the rubber at Duane Banks Field and diamonds around the Big Ten, scouts will track pitches and record velocities, as junior appears to be in line to become Iowa’s first first round draft pick since Tim Costo was selected with the eighth overall pick by Cleveland in the 1990 draft.
But Brecht won’t be the lone top prospect you can catch when a Big Ten team takes the field. Using Baseball America’s top 100 draft prospects, here’s a look at top 10 prospects that are on an opposing team a Big Ten school will face in 2024. In respect to Baseball America’s paywall, the prospects are in alphabetical order by last name, not by Baseball America’s ranking.
Travis Bazzana, second baseman, Oregon State
Feb. 17 and Feb. 19 vs. Minnesota in Surprise, Ariz.
Feb. 24 vs. Michigan in the Kubota College Baseball Series in Arlington, Texas
Chase Burns, right-handed pitcher; Josh Hartle, left-handed pitcher, Seaver King, shortstop; Nick Kurtz, first baseman – Wake Forest
Feb. 17 vs. Illinois
Charlie Condon, outfielder, Georgia
Feb. 28 vs. Michigan State
March 12 vs. Iowa
Vance Honeycutt, outfielder, North Carolina
March 12-13 vs. Rutgers
Mike Sirota, outfielder, Northeastern
Feb. 24-25 vs. Minnesota, Fort Myers, Florida
Hagen Smith, left-handed pitcher, Arkansas
Feb. 25 vs. Michigan, in the Kubota College Baseball Series in Arlington, Texas
JJ Wetherholt, second baseman, West Virginia
March 15-17 vs. Ohio State
April 24 at Penn State
May 8 vs. Penn State
May 14 vs. Maryland