Hawkeye baseball team faces major changes

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KTIV) — With the chilly weather in Iowa, it’s hard to believe that the college baseball season is just over a week away for the Hawkeyes.

Iowa has to replace all-Big Ten players Robert Neustrom and Tyler Cropley — former Sioux City standouts — who were drafted. Head coach Rick Heller had to replace his hitting coach and pitching coach, who both took jobs in the Yankees organization.

But expectations are high. Iowa has won at least 30 games in each of Heller’s first five seasons. One of the new faces on the field will be redshirt freshman outfielder Connor McCaffery, who doubles as a point guard for the Iowa basketball team.

“When he does join the team, the great thing is that the guys know him, they respect him. They know he comes in here and gets his work done and works hard when he can,” said Heller.

“I’m a pretty confident player,” said McCaffery. “I would like to think that I won’t be effected at all by missing. I’ll be in working, trying to make sure that the adjustment is very quick and it happens fast for me so I can pick up right where I left off.”

McCaffery won’t join the team full-time until the basketball season ends. The Hawkeyes start their season February 15 at the Sunshine State Series Classic in Florida.

Brad Pautsch

Brad Pautsch

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