Welcome to Meet The Baby Blue Jays, a series in which I’ll profile a handful of lesser-known young prospects in the Blue Jays’ system.
The Toronto Blue Jays bolstered their pitching prospect pipeline even further by selecting CJ Van Eyk with the 42nd overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft.
After being selected in the 2017 MLB Draft by the New York Mets, Van Eyk elected to go the collegiate route, and attended Florida State University. Shortly after arriving there, Van Eyk’s sheer dominance was apparent right away.
In his freshman year as a 19-year-old, Van Eyk posted a 7-0 record along with 71 strikeouts and a 2.86 ERA through 56.2 innings pitched. He had a bit of a down year in 2019 in terms of ERA, but Van Eyk also posted the best SO/9 rate of his collegiate career that season (11.7).
Van Eyk likes to rack up the strikeouts and has the pitch arsenal to do it. Throughout his entire three-year collegiate career, he never posted a SO/9 lower than 10.9. Those are impressive numbers, and it was enough to catch the eye of the Blue Jays’ scouts.
Van Eyk has three pitches that he’s comfortable using in any situation. A fastball …
Author: David Quadrelli / Blue Jays Nation