IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Hawkeyes second place spot in the Big Ten standings have fans filling up the bleachers in Iowa City. "We just felt like if the support from the administration was there and we could put a decent product on on the field that the fans would come out and they certainly have," said Iowa's second year skipper, Rick Heller.
When Heller took over the struggling program he knew he needed to bring in players that would fit his system, “One of the first things we did was call and see if Tyler wanted to come to Iowa after his freshman year," said Heller, "Being able to get him in our first year was instrumental in our success that we’re having now."
Peyton, junior pitcher/first baseman, transferred from Iowa Central to Iowa and made an immediate impact. This season Peyton toes the rubber every Friday night for the Hawkeyes. The Friday night spot is typically reserved for the teams ace, "We felt Tyler could be a number one starter and that's what we wanted. We needed a guy that could give us a chance to win on Friday night if we were going to win a conference championship."
Peyton's 6-3, 190 pound frame helps, but it was the mental aspect of the game that won him the job. It's a skill that can't be taught. It's a skill Peyton learned growing up in the Dallas Center and Grimes communities. Watching his dad, Byron, coach the Mustangs for 15 years and his mentor, Tony Watson, turn from small town pitching prospect to Major League All-Star.