Sam Wibbels road to recovery and to University of Kentucky baseball

LEXINGTON, Ky. (KSNB) - Sam Wibbels tore up the state of Nebraska with his right arm in high school.

Sam Wibbels signs autographs at Kentucky's Baseball Fan Day.

The former Hastings High student overpowered batters throughout his prep career.

He finished his season in 2019 with a 1.36 ERA, to go along with 120 strikeouts.

He was drafted in the 36th round of the 2019 MLB Draft, but turned it down to continue his career at the University of Kentucky.

However, this summer things took a turn for the worst. Wibbels fingers had turned purple after pitching one day. After not thinking too much of it, it happened again.

Wibbels and his family searched for the cause of the problem, when he was eventually diagnosed with fibromuscular dysplasia.

Fibromuscular dysplasia is a very serious condition, where arteries become narrowed or enlarged. As the blood vessels become more twisted, blood flow to organs can be affected.

Wibbels went into emergency surgery, and the surgery was successful.

Now Wibbels is on the road to recovery, and was able to put on that Kentucky uniform at Kentucky Baseball Fan Day this past Saturday.

"People in Nebraska and people in Kentucky are very similar people. They were always checking on me, continuously checking on me. It's not until you have a situation like that that you realize how much people care for you," said Wibbels. "It's just really amazing to see what people can do when something hard like that is presented to them and to your loved ones, and just how much support is outpoured to you. It's just amazing. So I've become a better person human being because of it and realized how much people go through and it's just awesome."

Wibbels will sit out this season, but hopes to be back better than ever by summer ball.