Florida Gators baseball star Jac Caglianone ranks in top 5 in MLB mock draft
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Florida Gators baseball star Jac Caglianone ranks in top 5 in MLB mock draft

It’s been quite a week for Florida Gators baseball star Jac Caglianone.

Now in top form after an 11-10 victory over Clemson in 13 thrilling innings on Sunday, Caglianone and the Gators advance to the College World Series.

The star two-way player pitched 5.2 innings of five hits and four runs while striking out six, and he reached base four times in his six plate appearances, highlighted by a home run of two points in the first inning.

Caglianone is focused on the present, hoping to guide Florida to its second title, but in just over a month, his eyes will be on the future.

The 2024 MLB Draft is scheduled to take place July 14-16 in Fort Worth, Texas, and Caglianone is not expected to remain on the board for long.

In MLB Pipeline’s latest mock draft, Caglianone was selected No. 5 overall by the Chicago White Sox – and would also be in play for the Oakland Athletics at No. 4.

“This pick is wide open,” Jim Callis of MLB.Com said of Chicago. “He’s probably a position player from a big group that includes (Braden) Montgomery and Caglianone, and that could be the realistic ceiling for (JJ) Wetherholt, (Konnor) Griffin or (Bryce) Rainer.

“Despite the hype surrounding his two-way ability, Caglianone will almost certainly become a full-time slugger as a pro.”

Caglianone is the only Gator listed in the mock draft. The 6-5, 250-pounder is hitting .411 with 33 homers and 68 RBIs while posting a 5-2 record and 4.71 ERA on the mound. Despite the historic season, the Golden Spikes Award committee did not consider Caglianone a finalist.

Florida, led by Caglianone, will face Texas A&M on June 15 to begin the Super Regionals. The time and TV channel are yet to be determined.