Chicago Cubs: Caleb Knight another catching talent in the system

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Chicago Cubs: From junior college to the pros

While at Connors State, Knight excelled. In his first season, the then 19-year-old slashed an impressive .355/.457/.581 with a 1.038 OPS. He carried a substantial .226 ISO in his first year out of high school and knocked seven long balls while driving in 53 runs.

Knight followed his freshman season up, becoming even stronger in his sophomore season by slashing a whopping .404/.508/.670 with a 1.178 OPS. He improved his power numbers, hitting 12 home runs and impressively cut his strikeout rate in half from 18.09 percent to just 9.66 percent. It led him to the University of Virginia, a college baseball powerhouse.

At Virginia, Knight did fine. Over his final two collegiate seasons, the right-handed hitter slashed .260/.427/.402 with a relatively sturdy .829 OPS. One of the most reliable aspects of his game was his patience at the plate. Knight worked a career 14.68 percent walk rate over his 84 career games as a Cavalier and finished with a decent 16.82 percent strikeout rate. Knight was a part of the undrafted free-agent class and signed with Chicago in 2018.