The Iowa men’s baseball team ended the 2017 season by winning the Big Ten Baseball Tournament, and then making a nice little run in their NCAA Regional bracket in Houston. To powerhouse baseball programs, this may not seem like much, but for an up and coming Iowa program under head coach Rick Heller the way the Hawks ended their season was yet another step in the right direction.
Iowa’s baseball team received some more good news at the beginning of June when they received a commitment from Tyler Snep of Lake Zurich, Illinois. Snep is a catcher/outfielder and he’s unanimously considered a top 10 player in the state of Illinois for the class of 2019. Snep put up some big numbers in his second year on Lake Zurich’s varsity squad. He batted .398 with a .434 on base percentage
You committed to the Hawks on May 30th. Can you explain to us how your recruiting process went, what other schools were you looking at, and what ultimately made you choose to continue your career at the University of Iowa?
My recruiting process began around last fall, and continued into the winter when I began to go on visits and see some schools. I was also talking to University of Illinois, Xavier University, Illinois State University, and Michigan State University. My decision ultimately came down to where I felt that I fit in best overall both academically and as an athlete. I decided that I wanted to stay in the midwest to be near family, and I felt very comfortable with the coaching staff. I was able to attend a few games this spring and be around the team, and experienced a great atmosphere and just knew it was something that I wanted to be apart of.
What would you say is the strongest part of your game?
I would say the strongest part of my game right now would be my offense.
What would you say is the area that you need to work on improving the most as you continue to develop as a player?
The area I need to further my development most would be my arm strength, and continue to work on my foot speed.
You could potentially play as a catcher or an outfielder at the college level. Do you have a preference which position you’d rather play at Iowa?
My preferred position would be to catch, but I would play anywhere that the coaches felt gave the team the best chances for success.
Rick Heller has had a tremendous impact on the Iowa baseball program over the past few years. Can you give us a little insight on your experiences with him and what made you decide to play for him in college?
Coach Heller motivates everybody to be the best players, and people that they can be, and creates an incredible team environment that keeps everybody working towards one goal. A hardworking, team environment is something that is very apparent in the program and is something that Im very excited to be apart of.
6.The Iowa program is certainly considered to be on the rise. Historically, the state of Iowa loves baseball, but fans haven’t had a lot to cheer for at the college level because Iowa State no longer has a program and Iowa’s program hasn’t been very good for quite some time. These past few years under Rick Heller has stirred up a lot of excitement in Hawkeye Nation, and fans are starting to get behind this program. What are your goals for the future as a collegiate player at Iowa, and are you excited to be a part of program that’s on the rise?
I’m incredibly excited to be apart of this rising program. I will continue to work hard everyday to further my development to be able to contribute to the team to when i get on campus.