• Full name Jean Michael Cijntje
  • Born 05/31/2003 in Gravenhage, Netherlands
  • Profile Ht.: 5'11" / Wt.: 170 / Bats: S / Throws: S
  • School Mississippi State
  • Drafted in the 1st round (15th overall) by the Seattle Mariners in 2024.
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    School: Mississippi State
    Commit/Drafted: Brewers ’22 (18)
    Age At Draft: 21.1
    BA Grade: 50/High
    Tools: Fastball: 60. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 50.

    There have been a handful of players who are able to pitch with both arms over the years, but perhaps none with more legitimacy than Cijntje, who can touch 94 mph as both a righty and lefty. A convincing case can be made that he’s the most talented ambidextrous pitcher of all time, with a chance to supplant journeyman MLB reliever Pat Venditte. Cijntje is a Curacao native listed at 5-foot-11, 200 pounds who began to focus more on his righthanded pitching in 2024. That is his stronger side, even though he is a natural lefthander. He posted a 3.67 ERA in 16 starts and 90.2 innings with a 29.9% strikeout rate. His 7.9% walk rate was nearly halved from his 2023 mark. From the right side, Cijntje averaged 95 mph and touched 99, while mixing in a mid-80s slider that takes on a cutter-like shape at its top-end velocities near 90 and a firm, upper-80s changeup. From the left side, Cijntje averages around 91 mph and throws a slower, low-80s sweeping slider nearly half the time that he shows decent feel to land in the zone. During the 2024 season, he only worked as a southpaw in specific left-on-left matchups and threw an overwhelming majority of his pitches from the right side. Increased power and improved control has pushed Cijntje up into potential first-round range, and even if he continues to focus on his craft as a righty, the fact that he has two legitimate pitches from the left side makes him a fascinating prospect.

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