Jac Caglianone would be a dream for the Detroit Tigers.
It may not be in the cards, but if the Detroit Tigers get lucky, they can come away with one of the premier players, tools-wise, in this draft class. It's unlikely that the Tigers get the chance, but University of Florida two-way star Jac Caglianone could be an option. Some folks believe he will be taken in the top five or ten, but he may be there depending on how the spring plays out.
The Detroit Tigers would be extremely lucky to come away with Caglianone if he made it all the way to the 11th overall pick. But since it's December and it's okay to dream, let's take a look at what Caglianone brings to the table. He was given the nickname "JacTani" last season after hitting moonshot home runs and running it up there on the mound.
He had a fantastic season as a sophomore, and even more could be on tap in his junior campaign. He played in 71 games with 18 starts under his belt as well. He managed 319 plate appearances, where he slashed .323/.389/.738, managing 14 doubles, two triples, and belting 33 home runs with 90 RBI. There are big leaguers for the Tigers, who slashed worse than that and managed less success than Caglianone did.
He's got a massive 6-foot-5, 245-pound frame. He's massive with tons of strength throughout a real physical build. It helps him at the dish, producing these 450-foot moonshots and incredibly loud barrels. However, Caglianone has also been able to find success on the mound.
He holds the upper-90s on the fastball and has been up to 99 mph. He's got a really nice slider and changeup to pair. It's three pitches that allow him to get the job done. In his 18 starts, Caglianone managed 74.2 innings pitched. He pitched to a 4.34 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP, with 55 walks to 87 strikeouts.
To me, the prowess is at the plate, but it's certainly hard to argue with Caglianone's ability to be a two-way player. The Tigers likely will not get a chance to grab Caglianone, but he would be a dream at 11th overall.