Nedved Named to NCBWA Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa redshirt senior Dylan Nedved has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List, it was announced Thursday by the NCBWA. The award is given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball.

Nedved, who is a team captain in 2022, was also named to the Big Ten Preseason Honors List on Thursday.

The right-handed pitcher is one of 66 players in the country named to the Watch List, including one of seven pitchers from the Big Ten. Nedved is the second Hawkeye in three seasons to be named to the list, joining Grant Leonard in 2020.

The Shawnee, Kansas, native was a two-way player as a reliever and utility man during the 2021 season. Nedved emerged as the Hawkeyes’ closer, where he went 4-1 with a 4.19 ERA over 20 appearances. He finished with nine saves, which were second in the Big Ten and tied for the fourth-most in a single season in school history.

Nedved opened the 2021 season with 14 1/3 innings of shutout baseball. He allowed 29 hits and fanned 31 in his 20 appearances, spanning 34 1/3 innings.

Iowa opens the season Friday, facing Air Force at 11 a.m. (CT) at the Swig & Swine Classic in Charleston, South Carolina.