We are exactly one week away from the 2020 MLB Draft, and the final mock drafts are beginning to trickle in. Keith Law at The Athletic has his third mock draft up, and has the Dodgers selecting Florida State right-handed pitcher C.J. Van Eyk in his first-round projection.
The 6’1 junior had a 3.21 ERA in parts of three seasons with the Seminoles, with 225 strikeouts and he 83 walks in 176⅔ innings, including a 1.31 ERA in four starts in an abbreviated 2020 campaign.
“Van Eyk was getting top-15 buzz in the preseason, but after Week 1 he had a few disappointing outings and never got a chance to right the ship,” Law wrote. “His stuff grades out well on TrackMan, which will appeal to several teams at the end of the round.”
Van Eyk is the fourth college pitcher linked to the Dodgers in various national mock drafts, along with Slade Cecconi of Miami, Bryce Jarvis out of Duke, and NC State left-hander Nick Swiney.
Van Eyk was ranked the 25th-best draft prospect by Law, and rated 46th by Baseball America.
MLB.com ranked Van Eyk the 39th-best prospect in this draft, noting, “Van Eyk has a solid three-pitch mix that he knows how to use extremely well. He’s been up to 95 mph, usually working in the 93-94 mph range, with his fastball and commands it well to both sides of the plate.”
Brett Nevitt at Tomahawk Nation described the Florida State right-hander:
“Despite having a smaller 6’1, 198-pound frame, Van Eyk creates velocity with a quick arm. His low-effort delivery and athleticism gives him room to add on to the velocity. The Tampa native will likely hear his name called in the 25-45 range.”
Van Eyk was drafted in the 19th round out of high school in 2017 by the Mets, but he opted instead for college.
The Dodgers select 29th overall in the first round.