Adam Mazur Leads Host of Hawkeye Draft Picks in MLB Draft

By RossWB on July 20, 2022 at 9:12 am
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It's been a good year for the Iowa Hawkeyes and professional sports drafts. In fact, it hasn't just been a good year, it's been a historic year. In the NFL Draft, Tyler Linderbaum became the most recent Hawkeye selected in the first round. In the NBA Draft last month, Keegan Murray became the highest-drafted Hawkeye basketball player ever. And this past weekend, Adam Mazur added to that hot streak by becoming Iowa's highest-drafted player in the MLB Draft in over 20 years. 

Mazur was taken in the second round of the MLB Drafted, selected 53rd overall. He's the first Iowa player taken in the second round since Wes Obermueller was taken 58th overall in the 1999 MLB Draft. No Iowa player has been drafted higher than Mazur since Tim Costo was taken in the first round -- and 8th (!!!) overall -- by Cleveland. Pretty heady territory for Mazur, and Iowa baseball overall. 

And while it was richly deserved, it was certainly not something that anyone would have predicted a year ago. Mazur arrived at Iowa as a raw-but-talented right-handed hurler from South Dakota State, having accumulated a 5.06 ERA across 16 starts in 2020 and 2021. His immense potential was evident after posting a 1.55 ERA with 34 strikeouts over 29 innings in the Cape Cod League, which garnered him all-league honors. 

And it was that Cape Cod League form that carried over -- and got better -- when Mazur arrived in Iowa City. He went 7-3 in 2022, with a 3.07 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .179 batting average over 15 starts for Iowa. His production wasn't quite as sterling at the end of the season (though it was still very good), but he was damn near unhittable in the first part of the season, especially in Big Ten play, which earned him Big Ten Pitcher of the Year honors. 

Mazur's scouting report per

Mazur throws two different fastballs, a four-seamer that sits at 93-95 mph and tops out at 99 and a two-seamer at 90-94 mph with good sink. His best offering is an 82-86 mph slider that reaches 89, features two-plane break and grades as plus when it's on. His changeup is a bit firm in the mid-80s but dodges bats with some late tumble, and he also can mix in an upper-70s curveball to give hitters a different look. 

The 53rd pick carries a $1.44 million slot value, so he could probably expect to receive a signing bonus around that amount if he chooses to sign with the Padres. Mazur does have one of year of eligibility remaining so he could, in theory, opt to return to Iowa for one more season with the Hawkeyes. That seems pretty unlikely, though; it would be difficult for Mazur to significantly improve his draft position with another year in college and it probably makes sense to get the ball rolling on his MLB career now. 

Mazur was far from the only Iowa player who was selected in the 2022 MLB Draft, too. In fact, he wasn't even the only Iowa pitcher selected by the San Diego Padres. The Padres decided to double down on Hawkeye hurlers and grabbed Dylan Nedved in the ninth round: 

Iowa first baseman Peyton Williams was taken in the seventh round by the Toronto Bluejays: 

Duncan Davitt also got drafted: 

Congratulations to all the Hawkeyes who were selected; we wish them the very best as they begin their professional baseball careers. 

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