Jack Caglianon He was amazed upon watching Shuhei Ohtani when he was in high school. The University of Florida star could never have imagined that he would one day be compared to the best baseball he had to offer.

Caglianone has taken the baseball world by storm dominating the college baseball scene. Not only does he have a live throw on the mound with his fastball topping out at 99 mph, but he also hits huge home runs.

He regularly hits 450-foot homers from the left side. He threw 99 mph down the hill. And he’s not Shuhei Ohtani. Meet Jac Caglianone, aka Jactani, a potential #1 pick in 2024 who plays in his first College World Series game today. Free on ESPN: espn.com/college-baseba…

He is not the first two-way player to play in college. Many have tried to make it work, but few have managed. Being a two-way player is extremely difficult not only for your body but also for your mind.

Caglianone is slashing .336/.402/.766 with 31 home runs and 84 RBIs this season. On the mound, he’s 7-3 with a 3.78 ERA and 81 strikeouts. All eyes will be on him during the Men’s College World Series.

“The next big thing in cleats?” tweeted a fan.

The next big thing in cleats? ⚾️ twitter.com/JeffPassan/sta…

“The new direction,” another fan wrote on Twitter.

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@employee Watching him play is another thing, a physical tower above other players. He’s a beast, except for his start against Tennessee this year

@employee Cags is a happy stud because I started watching baseball in college which he made me a fan of

Baseball fans compare Jack Caglianone to Shuhei Ohtani, and how could they not? Hopefully, the two-way player trend will continue. Otani has shown the world that it is possible.

@tweet @employee Good piece! I’m a fan of Gator baseball and there are details here about his weekly routine and game prep that I didn’t know before. The young man is doing some work, that’s for sure.

Lots of eyes on No. 14 here in Omaha… # capitals twitter.com/JeffPassan/sta…

Caglianon is only a sophomore at the university, so he could stay at the University of Florida for two more years if he chose. He still has time to develop before he enters the MLB draft.

Jack Caglianone has some work to do before he reaches the level of Shuhei Ohtani

Auburn vs. Florida
Auburn vs. Florida

Jacques Caglianone has no plans to stop being a two-way player. He is looking to pave the way for two-way players trying to get ahead in the sport. He doesn’t want to end up like LSU’s Paul Skenes, the Air Force’s two-way MVP (John Olerud winner) last season.

Skenes decided to give up hitting to focus on pitching, becoming the winner of the Dick Howser Award, Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year, and Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year.

While he’s a beast on the plate, his agility can take a little work. Yes, he has a 99 mph fastball, but he has struggled with quality starts this season. At times, he would have trouble driving his pitches. He must act at his command if he really wants to compare him to Shuhei Ohtani.

For fans looking to catch a glimpse of Caglianone in action, he will be playing for the Florida Gators in the Men’s College World Series. He and the Gators would be looking to win their second College World Series trophy.

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