RD 19, Pick 577: RHP CJ Van Eyk

Round 19, Pick 577

Name: CJ Van Eyk

Position: RHP

Age: 9/15/98 (18)

B/T: R/R

HT/WT: 6’2’/185

Scouting Reports:

MLB.Com #120:

Last summer, Van Eyk was a member of the USA Baseball 18 and under team’s pitching staff, helping the squad win gold at the Pan American Championships as a pitchability type right-hander. A jump in velocity early this spring had teams pouring in to see him, though some arm soreness left his Draft status a bit up in the air. While Van Eyk showed a tremendous feel for pitching over the summer, he opened some eyes by cranking his fastball up to 95 mph this spring, thrown with good life with a very fast arm. When it is down in the zone, it has heavy sink. He complemented the fastball with a breaking ball that flashed above-average at times, but not consistently. With his improved velocity, Van Eyk did lose some of his pitchability, impacting his overall command, with scouts feeling he’ll need to find a balance as me moves forward. The biggest question mark with the Florida State recruit came when he was shut down earlier this spring after an outing that saw him start the game at 94 mph but finished in the low-80s. If he can show he’s healthy, he could hear his name called in the top five rounds.

Perfect Game:

CJ Van Eyk is a 2017 RHP/IF with a 6-2 185 lb. frame from Lutz, FL who attends Steinbrenner HS. Long and lean young build, projects very well physically. High 3/4’s arm slot, big hip coil in his delivery and uses his lower half very well to create leverage and angle to the plate, loose and free arm coming through. Low 90’s fastball, topped out at 93 mph, occasional hard running action, works with angle down in the zone. Curveball was his best pitch, really gets over the ball well to create hard spin and power, sharp biting action with depth, swing and miss pitch. Showed a nice change up with big fading action. Three-pitch starter profile with three legit pitches and a strike out pitch in the curveball. Very high ceiling if he continues to get stronger. Excellent student, verbal commitment to Florida State.

Thoughts:

May not be signable, but indeed interesting.

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2 Comments

  1. Matlack

    Nice job, Ted. Reasonable chance they sign this kid?

    • Ted Klein

      Not sure yet who they use the extra cash on. Vientos may get a first round bonus.

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