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CJ Van Eyk named preseason third-team All-American

Projected first round pick and FSU ace recognized as one of the best pitchers in the nation

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CJ Van Eyk has been dominant ever since he stepped foot in Tallahassee. In two years at FSU, the flame-thrower has compiled a 3.46 ERA and a 11.54 K/9 in 156 innings of work. The strong start to his career has led to a handful of honors heading into the 2020 season. Both Perfect Game and rated Van Eyk as a first round prospect. The Tampa-native has now been named a third-team All-American by Perfect Game just a few short weeks out from the start of the season.

CJ had an up-and-down 2019 season, having an ERA as high as 5.46 after his sixth start, but finishing the season with a 3.81 ERA. The Seminoles and Mike Martin Jr. will need Van Eyk to be ready from the beginning of the season as their ace. The RHP has some of the best pitches in the nation, his ability to be an ace will come down to execution and efficiency.

As the Friday-night starter, Van Eyk will have to eat up innings to save the bullpen for the rest of the weekend. In 2019, CJ averaged just over five innings per start. More strikes will lead to better efficiency. I’d expect Van Eyk to attack with his fastball more often in 2020 before putting batters away with his nasty off-speed pitches.

If Van Eyk can put the finishing touches on his arsenal, 2020 will be a special year for the junior. Perfect Game thinks he will be one of the top 15 starters in the nation, if he can do that, FSU should be set for another productive season.