Iowa, the home of the Iowa Cubs, a Triple-A affiliate team of the Chicago Cubs, is also the home of many important players that played in the MLB.
Some are still among the ranks of the Major League, others have already retired. Nonetheless, the Hawkeye State has produced major talents that have not gone unnoticed.
Before we show a list of some of the best players from Iowa in the MLB, let’s look at some of the current Iowa stars that are active and playing in the 2022 season.
Active Iowa Players In The MLB
1. Derek Hill
Derek Hill shares a special moment with his mom after being drafted by the @tigers. #MLBDraft pic.twitter.com/58vmIjqXxQ
— MLB (@MLB) June 6, 2014
Team: Detroit Tigers
Home Town: Des Moines
Derek Hill is a 26 years-old Centerfielder that currently plays and was drafted in the 1st round (23rd) of the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft by the Detroit Tigers from Elk Grove HS.
Since joining the Detroit Tigers in the MLB, the right-handed hitter is batting a combined .240 with 4 Home Runs and 17 RBI in 223 Regular Season games.
This season Derek Hill is batting a combined .229 with 1 Home Run and 3 RBI. Currently, Derek Hill has been optioned to the Toledo Mud Hens, the Detroit Tigers Triple-A affiliate team, and is playing in the minors after struggling at the plate.
2. Mitch Keller
As Mitch Keller graduates from the Pirates Top 30 Prospects list, 20-year-old RHP Michael Burrows enters: https://t.co/00UPQLdbae pic.twitter.com/PztIGco6P5
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) July 26, 2020
Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Home Town: Cedar Rapids
Mitch Keller is a 26 years-old Pitcher that currently plays for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the MLB.
He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2nd round of the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft from Xavier HS.
The right-handed pitcher has played in 58 games, and has an ERA of 5.49.
This season Keller has played in 19 games, allowing 101 Hits, and 50 runs, and has an ERA of 4.55. He currently holds a record of 3 wins and 7 losses.
3. Michael Wacha
In his first outing since June, Michael Wacha had everything going. pic.twitter.com/l1KKU9GDd2
— MLB (@MLB) August 15, 2022
Team: Boston Red Soxs
Home Town: Iowa City
Michael Wacha is a 31 years-old Pitcher that currently plays for the Boston Red Sox in the MLB.
He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1st round ( 19th ) of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft from Texas A&M University.
He was born on July 1, 1991, in Iowa City, Iowa, and is a Right Handed Pitcher. Since joining the MLB, Wacha has played in 215 games, and has a career ERA of 4.05.
This season Wacha has played in 13 games, allowing 56 Hits and 23 runs, and has an ERA of 2.69. He currently holds a record of 6 wins and 1 loss.
The All-Time Best MLB Players From Iowa State
These are some other current MLB players from Iowa, but the state has offered a lot of legends to the MLB.
Now we will get to what you came here to see, the best MLB players ever from Iowa. Here are the top 10 MLB players of all-time from the Hawkeye state.
1. Bob Feller
When we talk about the best player in MLB from Iowa, we have to talk about the absolute best.
Bob Feller was born on November 3, 1918 in Van Meter, Iowa and passed away on December 15, 2010, aged 92.
Nicknamed Rapid Robert, the right handed pitcher made his debut in the MLB on July 19, 1936 aged only 17 years-old for the Cleveland Indians (currently the Cleveland Guardians) which ended up being Feller’s only team in his 18 years of career in the majors.
Feller was mostly known for his amazing fastball. He played in 570 games in his career, and had a career ERA of 3.25 with 266 wins and 162 Losses.
Bob Feller pitched 3 no-hitters in his career, and was a 8x AL All-Star and won the World Series with the Cleveland Indians in 1948.
Since 1962 Bob Feller is in the MLB Hall of Fame and his Uniform Number has been retired by the Cleveland Indians in 1957 in his honor.
Bob Feller was the first American professional athlete to enlist in the armed forces and often said that the most important thing that he ever did was enlist in the Navy.
Thank you, Bob Feller. Hall of Famer was 1st @MLB player to volunteer for military service after Pearl Harbor attack. pic.twitter.com/fHUbJ9qi
— MLB (@MLB) November 11, 2012
2. Hank Severeid
Hank Severeid was born on June 1, 1981 in Story City, Iowa and died on December 17, 1968, aged 77.
Hank Severeid, catcher, made his debut on May 15, 1911 aged 19 years-old for the Cincinnati Reds. During his 15 years in the Majors, Hank played for 4 different teams.
He played 11 years with the St. Louis Browns, 3 years with the Cincinnati Reds, 2 years with the Washington Senators and finally played 1 year for the New York Yankees in his last season.
Hank Severeid had a combined .289 batting average with 17 Home Runs, 1245 Hits and 539 RBI.
He was known as a tough catcher who hated the pitchout and preferred to throw out runners from behind the plate with a traditional throw.
His last career game was with the New York Yankees in the 1926 World Series where the Yankees ended up losing against the St. Louis Cardinals.
BASEBALL HISTORY, FEATURING THE YEAR 1913
Hank Severeid, Cincinnati NL #baseball #history @MLB
Source: LOC Bain Collection. pic.twitter.com/vm6irV0dRH
— Bygone Ballgames (@bygoneballgames) May 19, 2022
3. Cap Anson
Cap Anson was born on April 17, 1852 in Marshalltown, Iowa and died on April 14, 1922 aged 69.
Anson was a First Baseman, Third Baseman and a Catcher, who made his debut on May 6, 1871 aged 19.
He played 27 seasons in the MLB, 22 of those were with the Chicago White Stockings, 4 with the Philadelphia Athletics and 1 with the Rockford Forest Citys.
During those seasons Anson combined a .334 batting average with 3435 hits, 1999 runs and 97 Home Runs. His 3,435 career hits rank seventh all-time in the MLB.
Anson’s racist refusal to play barnstorming games against teams with black players bolstered the growing segregation movement within baseball that led to a ban on players of color that wouldn’t be crossed until Jackie Robinson’s historic 1947 season.
Nonetheless, Cap Anson has been part of the MLB Hall of Fame since 1939.
124 years ago today (June 29, 1897), led by player/manager Cap Anson, the Chicago Colts- to be renamed the Orphans the next year and @Cubs in 1903- throttle the Louisville Colonels 36-7 at the West Side Grounds in Chicago to set an MLB record for runs in a game that still stands pic.twitter.com/JW4vbi8XZv
— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) June 29, 2021
4. Bobby Knoop
Bobby Knoop was born in October 18, 1938 in Sioux City, Iowa and he is currently 83 years-old.
Bobby was a Second Baseman who made his debut on April 13, 1964 aged 25. He played 9 seasons with the California Angels Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals.
The Baseman combined for a .236 batting average with 856 Hits, 56 Home Runs and 331 RBI. Bobby was an MLB AL All-Star in 1966.
On September 5, 2013, the Angels inducted Bobby Knoop into the Angels Hall of Fame.
After retiring Bobby coached for 21 seasons in the majors, for teams like the White Shox, Angels and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Congratulations on a great career, Bobby Knoop!
After 53 years in professional baseball, including over 30 with the Angels organization, the Angels Hall of Famer announced his retirement today. pic.twitter.com/OVfX0PBnsX