The Toronto Blue Jays drafted Florida State junior right-hander CJ Van Eyk with the 42nd overall pick in the second round on Thursday evening.
Van Eyk was 1-1 with a 1.31 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 20.2 innings (four starts) in the shortened 2020 season.
“I think this guy could be the steal of the draft,” ESPN analyst Kyle Peterson said. “It surprised me that Van Eyk was not higher on some lists. I would have had him somewhere towards the back end of the first round. I think Van Eyk is a guy that’s a starter in the big leagues for a long time.”
Peterson acknowledged that he has had control problems at time but he likes Van Eyk’s ability to throw four pitches (he added the slider in the offseason).
The “assigned value” for Van Eyk, as determined by MLB, is a $1,771,100 signing bonus. Van Eyk could sign for more, but it’s expected his bonus will come in at this range and he is fully expected to go pro.
He went 10-4 with a 3.81 ERA in 2019, striking out 129 hitters in 99.1 innings. But Van Eyk was at his best down the stretch in May and June 2019, tossing six shutout innings in a win over NC State in the ACC Tournament and turning in stellar starts at Georgia in the regional and LSU in the Super Regional as the Seminoles made a long postseason run to the College World Series.
Junior left-hander Shane Drohan was selected in the fifth round (No. 148 overall) by the Boston Red Sox. Drohan had 27 strikeouts in 17.2 innings with a 4.08 ERA. His assigned value is $364,000.
FSU has had at least one player drafted in each year since 1975.
High school signee Carson Montgomery, a right-handed pitcher, was not selected. He was projected as a likely top-50 pick but instead will attend FSU.
“Montgomery took a step forward this spring before the season ended, sitting 90-94 mph as a starter with tighter break on his curveball, and looked like he might get into the comp round rather than heading to Florida State,” wrote theAthletic.com’s Keith Law prior to the draft. “He has a chance for a three-pitch mix that would make him a No. 4 (MLB) starter with some delivery help and improved command.”