2024 MLB Draft Deep Dive: Jac Caglianone,1B/ LHP, Florida.   

The 2024 MLB draft is set for Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Arlington Texas as part of the 2024 MLB All-Star Weekend festivities. The Phillies will pick at number 27 in the 1st round. Currently, the Phillies have 17 picks in the 2024 draft.

The baseball people here at EOP will keep you updated on the top prospects in this year’s draft. This week we look at our projected number four player (pick owned by the Oakland A’s) in the 2024 MLB Draft. Jac Caglianone, 1B/LHP, Florida.

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The Player

In terms of pure talent, it will be hard for any player in the 2024 class to match what Caglianone brings to the table. A 6-foot-5, 245-pound lefthanded hitter and lefthanded pitcher, Caglianone led the country with 33 home runs during the 2023 season as a middle-of-the-order hitter behind Wyatt Langford and posted a 4.34 ERA as Florida’s Sunday starter in 74.2 total innings.

 He has gargantuan raw power that earns double-plus grades currently, with the bat speed and strength projection to get to top-of-the-scale grades in the future. On the mound, he averaged 94-95 mph last spring and can get his fastball up to 99 mph. Given his natural tools and ability, Caglianone has perhaps the highest pure upside in the class with legitimate two-way potential in pro ball, but his flaws on both sides of the ball give him wide error bars and make him a polarizing prospect in the industry.

Caglianone’s swing is lengthy and steep, which helps him put the ball in the air frequently, but also leads to holes that pitchers can exploit. His 18% career strikeout rate with Florida is quite tame, and more than reasonable for a 30+ home run hitter, but his overall swing decisions and chase rates (44% between the 2022 and 2023 seasons) need to improve for him to maximize his power against pro pitching.

 On the mound, Caglianone is a below-average strike thrower who will need to improve his fastball command and his consistency with a slider and change up to profile as a starter.

Matt Bednarczyk
Matt Bednarczyk

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