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Illinois is hit with cicada chaos. This is what it's like to see, hear and feel billions of bugs

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Illinois is hit with cicada chaos. This is what it's like to see, hear and feel billions of bugs
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Illinois is hit with cicada chaos. This is what it's like to see, hear and feel billions of bugs

2024-06-14 23:04 Last Updated At:23:13

RIVERWOODS, Ill. (AP) — The ground had seemed to undulate at night, alive with bugs. Crawling cicada nymphs, striving to get higher after 17 years underground, marched en masse toward and up trees, pausing to shed their skin and emerge as adults. And then the fun began.

Cicada chaos is flourishing and flying. Trillions of once-hidden baby bugs are in the air, on the trees and perching upon people's shirts, hats and even faces. They're red-eyed, loud and frisky.

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Periodical cicada nymphal shells pile up at the base of a tree on Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Charleston, Ill. Trillions of once hidden baby bugs are in the air, on the trees and perching upon people's shirts, hats and even faces. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

RIVERWOODS, Ill. (AP) — The ground had seemed to undulate at night, alive with bugs. Crawling cicada nymphs, striving to get higher after 17 years underground, marched en masse toward and up trees, pausing to shed their skin and emerge as adults. And then the fun began.

An adult periodical cicada, just after shedding its nymphal shell, and a nymph hang from a cluster of nymphal shells on a tree late Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Charleston, Ill. Trillions of once hidden baby bugs are in the air, on the trees and perching upon people's shirts, hats and even faces. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

An adult periodical cicada, just after shedding its nymphal shell, and a nymph hang from a cluster of nymphal shells on a tree late Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Charleston, Ill. Trillions of once hidden baby bugs are in the air, on the trees and perching upon people's shirts, hats and even faces. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A blue-eyed periodical cicada is visible in a test tube at the Morton Arboretum on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Lisle, Ill. Blue-eyed periodical cicadas are the result of a rare mutation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A blue-eyed periodical cicada is visible in a test tube at the Morton Arboretum on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Lisle, Ill. Blue-eyed periodical cicadas are the result of a rare mutation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Marvin Lo, Morton Arboretum tree root scientist, collects periodical cicada specimens among the trees on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill. Cicadas play an important role in the local ecosystem as fertilizer, aerating the soil and food for birds and other animals, Lo said. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Marvin Lo, Morton Arboretum tree root scientist, collects periodical cicada specimens among the trees on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill. Cicadas play an important role in the local ecosystem as fertilizer, aerating the soil and food for birds and other animals, Lo said. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

An adult periodical cicada flutters in a spider web at Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature Center in Springfield, Ill., Tuesday, June 4, 2024. Trillions of once hidden baby bugs are in the air, on the trees and perching upon people's shirts, hats and even faces. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

An adult periodical cicada flutters in a spider web at Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature Center in Springfield, Ill., Tuesday, June 4, 2024. Trillions of once hidden baby bugs are in the air, on the trees and perching upon people's shirts, hats and even faces. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A pushpin map of the United States tracks where visitors to Lincoln Memorial Gardens and Nature Center come from to view cicadas on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Springfield, Ill. Some visitors are from as far away as Japan and Lithuania. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A pushpin map of the United States tracks where visitors to Lincoln Memorial Gardens and Nature Center come from to view cicadas on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Springfield, Ill. Some visitors are from as far away as Japan and Lithuania. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Lily Tolley, 6, laughs and swings from a hammock in her home on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Springfield, Ill. She can tell the difference between the mute females and noisy males, what the cicada parts are and how it feels "a little prickly" when a cicada walks on you. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Lily Tolley, 6, laughs and swings from a hammock in her home on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Springfield, Ill. She can tell the difference between the mute females and noisy males, what the cicada parts are and how it feels "a little prickly" when a cicada walks on you. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A picture of Lily Tolley, 6, is visible among her drawings and some cicadas on the kitchen floor of her home on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Springfield, Ill. She can tell the difference between the mute females and noisy males, what the cicada parts are and how it feels "a little prickly" when a cicada walks on you. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A picture of Lily Tolley, 6, is visible among her drawings and some cicadas on the kitchen floor of her home on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Springfield, Ill. She can tell the difference between the mute females and noisy males, what the cicada parts are and how it feels "a little prickly" when a cicada walks on you. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Lily Tolley's pet bearded dragon named Dart reaches with its tongue to eat two twitching periodical cicadas on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Springfield, Ill. Dart was named after a creature in Lily's favorite program, "Stranger Things." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Lily Tolley's pet bearded dragon named Dart reaches with its tongue to eat two twitching periodical cicadas on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Springfield, Ill. Dart was named after a creature in Lily's favorite program, "Stranger Things." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Lily Tolley, 6, poses for a photo on her front porch on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Springfield, Ill. She can tell the difference between the mute females and noisy males, what the cicada parts are and how it feels "a little prickly" when a cicada walks on you. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Lily Tolley, 6, poses for a photo on her front porch on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Springfield, Ill. She can tell the difference between the mute females and noisy males, what the cicada parts are and how it feels "a little prickly" when a cicada walks on you. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The veins of an adult periodical cicada's translucent wings are illuminated shortly after shedding its nymphal skin, late Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Charleston, Ill. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The veins of an adult periodical cicada's translucent wings are illuminated shortly after shedding its nymphal skin, late Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Charleston, Ill. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A periodical cicada flies past Jennifer Rydzewski, insect ecologist for the DuPage Forest Preserve, as she displays a cicada costume used to reenact the cicada life cycle for visitors at the DuPage County Forest Preserve District Headquarters, Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Wheaton, Ill. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A periodical cicada flies past Jennifer Rydzewski, insect ecologist for the DuPage Forest Preserve, as she displays a cicada costume used to reenact the cicada life cycle for visitors at the DuPage County Forest Preserve District Headquarters, Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Wheaton, Ill. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A periodical cicada is visible at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historical Site on Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Lerna, Ill. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A periodical cicada is visible at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historical Site on Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Lerna, Ill. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Marvin Lo, Morton Arboretum tree root scientist, collects fallen periodical cicada specimens at the base of a tree on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill. Trillions of once hidden baby bugs are in the air, on the trees and perching upon people's shirts, hats and even faces. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Marvin Lo, Morton Arboretum tree root scientist, collects fallen periodical cicada specimens at the base of a tree on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill. Trillions of once hidden baby bugs are in the air, on the trees and perching upon people's shirts, hats and even faces. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Dead periodical cicadas and nymphal shells pile up at the base of a tree, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Charleston, Ill. Trillions of once hidden baby bugs are in the air, on the trees and perching upon people's shirts, hats and even faces. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Dead periodical cicadas and nymphal shells pile up at the base of a tree, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Charleston, Ill. Trillions of once hidden baby bugs are in the air, on the trees and perching upon people's shirts, hats and even faces. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

“What you saw was biblical,” said biologist Gene Kritsky, who has been chasing periodical cicadas for 50 years, yet was still amazed by the 3 to 5 million cicadas crowding a small patch of Ryerson Conservation Area north of Chicago. “There are things I've seen this time that I've never seen before.”

It's an only in the United States spectacle, the last of the triple crown of rare advance-forecasted natural wonders.

First, there was April’s solar eclipse, followed by May’s Northern Lights unusually far south. Now the great dual periodical cicada emergence of 2024 — an event of a magnitude not seen since 1803 — has burst from below to join the earlier shows in the sky. It’s lasting weeks longer than the other two fleeting natural rarities, but in many places the cicada invasion is starting to wind down.

The males are singing for sex and won't stop until they get a female cicada's flapping wing consent. There were places in Illinois the decibel level hit 101, louder than a lawnmower, flowing in waves as an ever-present buzzing drone that seems like aliens descending in a science fiction movie. It is punctuated by bursts of the deeper-toned call “fffaaaro, fffaaaro.”

The sound abounds in the suburbs of Chicago, such as Oak Brook, but has already faded farther south in the state, including where two broods overlap. In an asphalt-laden DuPage County shopping plaza, cicadas mobbing the branches of the only tree drowned out the next door automated car wash's whirring hoses and spinning brushes.

David Quinn, visiting the Chicago area from Northern Ireland, said, “whenever we were driving, we were thinking there was something wrong with the car. All that noise. It's the bugs."

Cicada chasers in 18 Midwestern and Southern states have submitted photos of the bugs to the Cicada Safari app, mostly concentrated in two areas, each an emergence of different broods. The Northern Illinois brood, called XIII and coming out every 17 years, is extra dense, with as much as 1.5 million bugs per tree-covered acre — which is nearly a billion per square mile — in some places like Ryerson, Kritsky said. The Great Southern Brood, which arrives every 13 years, stretches from Virginia to Missouri and southern Illinois to Georgia.

In Central Illinois, especially around Springfield, the two broods just about overlap. But it's hard to tell which brood a cicada belongs to.

At the Lincoln Memorial Garden in Springfield, Executive Director Joel Horwedel figured he'd put up a pushpin map of the United States to track where visitors came from. He wasn't thinking big enough. At the bottom of the map under a scrawl of “Out of USA” are “Japan Belgium Lithuania Germany England Japan (Kyoto).”

“It has been truly incredible how many people we're getting,” Horwedel said.

U.S. Department of Agriculture research entomologist Rebecca Schmidt said usually when she gets calls about bugs, it's something bad and scary, like murder hornets. Periodical cicadas are different and “people are coming to us for good reasons, like ‘tell us more, we’re very excited, enthusiastic about this',” she said.

“It's a nice little gateway to these amazing things that the natural world does, some of which we can predict with a lot of accuracy,” Schmidt said.

Wearing a T-shirt that says “I survived the cicada invasion and all I got was this shirt (and some earplugs)” that she won for posing a cicada on a toy skateboard, retiree Cindy Harris of Springfield walked through the Lincoln Garden pointing out cicadas.

“I don't know why I'm fascinated by them,” Harris said.

They're just weird, with powerful jaws and jets of urine and a zombie fungus that sometimes hits them.

Jennifer Rydzewski, an insect ecologist at DuPage County Forest Preserve, donned a cicada hoody costume — complete with bulging red eyes made by a 3D printer — that she wore in an educational social media posts and joined a cicada walking tour.

For her video bug gig, she studied how the bugs move.

"You'd go outside and the sidewalks are just covered in them, all of them marching in the night,” she said of the still wingless nymphs.

“They're very hunchbacked, just kind of slowly, almost alien-like to me, crawling with all their little appendages,” Rydzewski said. But she adds, “they look really cute.”

Lily Tolley, a 6-year-old in Springfield, can't get enough of the cicadas. She even feeds them to her pet lizard, Dart. When one came near her front door, she rushed over to her doorbell camera and introduced it, up close and personal. She can tell the difference between the mute females and noisy males, what the cicada parts are and how it feels “a little prickly” when a cicada walks on you. Don't worry, she quickly adds, it doesn't hurt.

Yet many people are scared or grossed out by the trillions of flying bugs that die soon after mating in a rather pungent pile on the ground.

“Creepy crawly animals is probably the most common fear that people have,” said Martin Antony, chair of the psychology department at Toronto Metropolitan University and director of its anxiety research and treatment lab.

Long ago, people had to be alert to danger, so there's an evolutionary reason, he said.

“There's nothing dangerous about cicadas but cicadas may share features with other animals that are potentially threatening or carry disease,” Antony said.

The only possible danger is to young trees, mostly from when the females slit notches in branches to lay their eggs, Rydzewski said. So many newly planted trees sport white protective netting — a contrast to the black winged bugs lined up on some adult trees.

Overall, cicadas play an important role in the local ecosystem as fertilizer, aerating the soil and food for birds and other animals, said Marvin Lo, a tree root biologist at the Morton Arboretum. He picked up cicada carcasses from one area, ground them in his lab into a stinky powder to measure and test them later.

The arboretum was full of cicadas, cicada-peepers and scientists looking at the bugs. The critters didn't disappoint. They were there in force and weirdness. The Associated Press found a blue-eyed cicada — a one-in-a-million find.

Kritsky also found his first blue-eyed cicada in Ryerson woods. It's a numbers game. Even if they are one-in-a-million, a small plot of land will have a few because there are so many cicadas. The biologist who has written a book on this dual emergence, said the cicada invasion is dying down, but he's still looking for more.

“In about another two weeks it'll be noticeably over,” Kritsky said. “It's been a blast.”

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Periodical cicada nymphal shells pile up at the base of a tree on Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Charleston, Ill. Trillions of once hidden baby bugs are in the air, on the trees and perching upon people's shirts, hats and even faces. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Periodical cicada nymphal shells pile up at the base of a tree on Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Charleston, Ill. Trillions of once hidden baby bugs are in the air, on the trees and perching upon people's shirts, hats and even faces. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

An adult periodical cicada, just after shedding its nymphal shell, and a nymph hang from a cluster of nymphal shells on a tree late Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Charleston, Ill. Trillions of once hidden baby bugs are in the air, on the trees and perching upon people's shirts, hats and even faces. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

An adult periodical cicada, just after shedding its nymphal shell, and a nymph hang from a cluster of nymphal shells on a tree late Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Charleston, Ill. Trillions of once hidden baby bugs are in the air, on the trees and perching upon people's shirts, hats and even faces. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A blue-eyed periodical cicada is visible in a test tube at the Morton Arboretum on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Lisle, Ill. Blue-eyed periodical cicadas are the result of a rare mutation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A blue-eyed periodical cicada is visible in a test tube at the Morton Arboretum on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Lisle, Ill. Blue-eyed periodical cicadas are the result of a rare mutation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Marvin Lo, Morton Arboretum tree root scientist, collects periodical cicada specimens among the trees on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill. Cicadas play an important role in the local ecosystem as fertilizer, aerating the soil and food for birds and other animals, Lo said. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Marvin Lo, Morton Arboretum tree root scientist, collects periodical cicada specimens among the trees on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill. Cicadas play an important role in the local ecosystem as fertilizer, aerating the soil and food for birds and other animals, Lo said. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

An adult periodical cicada flutters in a spider web at Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature Center in Springfield, Ill., Tuesday, June 4, 2024. Trillions of once hidden baby bugs are in the air, on the trees and perching upon people's shirts, hats and even faces. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

An adult periodical cicada flutters in a spider web at Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature Center in Springfield, Ill., Tuesday, June 4, 2024. Trillions of once hidden baby bugs are in the air, on the trees and perching upon people's shirts, hats and even faces. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A pushpin map of the United States tracks where visitors to Lincoln Memorial Gardens and Nature Center come from to view cicadas on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Springfield, Ill. Some visitors are from as far away as Japan and Lithuania. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A pushpin map of the United States tracks where visitors to Lincoln Memorial Gardens and Nature Center come from to view cicadas on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Springfield, Ill. Some visitors are from as far away as Japan and Lithuania. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Lily Tolley, 6, laughs and swings from a hammock in her home on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Springfield, Ill. She can tell the difference between the mute females and noisy males, what the cicada parts are and how it feels "a little prickly" when a cicada walks on you. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Lily Tolley, 6, laughs and swings from a hammock in her home on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Springfield, Ill. She can tell the difference between the mute females and noisy males, what the cicada parts are and how it feels "a little prickly" when a cicada walks on you. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A picture of Lily Tolley, 6, is visible among her drawings and some cicadas on the kitchen floor of her home on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Springfield, Ill. She can tell the difference between the mute females and noisy males, what the cicada parts are and how it feels "a little prickly" when a cicada walks on you. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A picture of Lily Tolley, 6, is visible among her drawings and some cicadas on the kitchen floor of her home on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Springfield, Ill. She can tell the difference between the mute females and noisy males, what the cicada parts are and how it feels "a little prickly" when a cicada walks on you. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Lily Tolley's pet bearded dragon named Dart reaches with its tongue to eat two twitching periodical cicadas on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Springfield, Ill. Dart was named after a creature in Lily's favorite program, "Stranger Things." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Lily Tolley's pet bearded dragon named Dart reaches with its tongue to eat two twitching periodical cicadas on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Springfield, Ill. Dart was named after a creature in Lily's favorite program, "Stranger Things." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Lily Tolley, 6, poses for a photo on her front porch on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Springfield, Ill. She can tell the difference between the mute females and noisy males, what the cicada parts are and how it feels "a little prickly" when a cicada walks on you. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Lily Tolley, 6, poses for a photo on her front porch on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Springfield, Ill. She can tell the difference between the mute females and noisy males, what the cicada parts are and how it feels "a little prickly" when a cicada walks on you. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The veins of an adult periodical cicada's translucent wings are illuminated shortly after shedding its nymphal skin, late Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Charleston, Ill. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The veins of an adult periodical cicada's translucent wings are illuminated shortly after shedding its nymphal skin, late Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Charleston, Ill. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A periodical cicada flies past Jennifer Rydzewski, insect ecologist for the DuPage Forest Preserve, as she displays a cicada costume used to reenact the cicada life cycle for visitors at the DuPage County Forest Preserve District Headquarters, Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Wheaton, Ill. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A periodical cicada flies past Jennifer Rydzewski, insect ecologist for the DuPage Forest Preserve, as she displays a cicada costume used to reenact the cicada life cycle for visitors at the DuPage County Forest Preserve District Headquarters, Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in Wheaton, Ill. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A periodical cicada is visible at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historical Site on Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Lerna, Ill. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A periodical cicada is visible at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historical Site on Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Lerna, Ill. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Marvin Lo, Morton Arboretum tree root scientist, collects fallen periodical cicada specimens at the base of a tree on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill. Trillions of once hidden baby bugs are in the air, on the trees and perching upon people's shirts, hats and even faces. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Marvin Lo, Morton Arboretum tree root scientist, collects fallen periodical cicada specimens at the base of a tree on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill. Trillions of once hidden baby bugs are in the air, on the trees and perching upon people's shirts, hats and even faces. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Dead periodical cicadas and nymphal shells pile up at the base of a tree, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Charleston, Ill. Trillions of once hidden baby bugs are in the air, on the trees and perching upon people's shirts, hats and even faces. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Dead periodical cicadas and nymphal shells pile up at the base of a tree, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Charleston, Ill. Trillions of once hidden baby bugs are in the air, on the trees and perching upon people's shirts, hats and even faces. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jurrangelo Cijntje wants to keep his options open with the Seattle organization as a pitcher who switches between throwing right-handed and left-handed.

The 15th overall pick by the Mariners in Major League Baseball's amateur draft Sunday night, Cijntje said there was a reason he threw righty to lefty batters more often with Mississippi State in 2024.

“I had discomfort in my left side in the middle of the season,” Cijntje said. “I was talking to my pitching coach, and he was like, ‘You can just rest now from the left side and you can just focus on the right side.’ Everything is good now.”

The Mariners said they want Cijntje, who was a switch-pitcher for Curacao in the 2016 Little League World Series, to decide how to proceed as a righty and/or lefty as a pro. Cijntje says he would prefer to continue pitching from both sides.

According to his MLB.com draft profile, Cijntje was a natural left-hander who started throwing righty as a 6-year-old to mimic his father, Mechangelo, a former pro baseball player in the Netherlands.

There is some natural righty in him, though. Cijntje says he writes right-handed, while eating is somewhat like pitching — the 21-year-old uses both hands.

Cijntje agrees with scouting reports that say his fastball velocity is better right-handed, in the mid-90 mph range compared to low 90s from the left side. He throws with a lower arm angle as a lefty, which means relying more on off-speed pitches from that side.

Scouts also believe Cijntje's future might be as a right-hander, which is why going against the percentages by pitching right-handed against lefties more often this season was notable.

“On the right side, I have more feel just because I used the right side very much more than the left side because at some point I stopped using the left side,” Cijntje said. “But I can feel the left side is becoming better.”

Cijntje was drafted in the 18th round by Milwaukee in 2022 out of high school in the Miami area but chose to attend Mississippi State.

After a rough freshman season in 2023, Cijntje was 8-2 with a 3.67 ERA this past season. He pointed to a 15-5 win over then-defending champion LSU as a launching pad for where he ended up as one of the six prospects awaiting their fate at a rodeo arena in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards.

“I think after that, I started getting good outing after good outing,” Cijntje said. “For me, that was like, ‘You’ve got to be on your A game,' and don't back down about nothing.”

Now, Cijntje doesn't want to back down on pitching righty and lefty.

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Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Justin Hollander, far left, President, Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto, second from left, react after Senior Director, Amateur Scouting Scott Hunter, right, makes the selection for the team's first pick of Jurrangelo Cijntje, of Mississippi State, in the draft room at T-Mobile Park during the MLB baseball draft, Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Justin Hollander, far left, President, Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto, second from left, react after Senior Director, Amateur Scouting Scott Hunter, right, makes the selection for the team's first pick of Jurrangelo Cijntje, of Mississippi State, in the draft room at T-Mobile Park during the MLB baseball draft, Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Jurrangelo Cijntje is interviewed after being selected 15th overall by the Seattle Mariners in the first round of the MLB baseball draft in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Jurrangelo Cijntje is interviewed after being selected 15th overall by the Seattle Mariners in the first round of the MLB baseball draft in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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