Cubs News: Getting to know the guys coming back in the Yu Darvish trade

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Cubs: Owen Caissie and Ismael Mena have lots of raw talent

As it turns out, the two outfield prospects coming to the Cubs are so young and have such little experience, there are no Getty images of them in action for us to use. In the meantime enjoy this picture of Jed Hoyer in mid-conversation.

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Owen Caissie, 18 years old, is rated as the #13 prospect in the San Diego farm system. A 6’4, 190-pound outfielder, Caissie was drafted out of high school with the 45th pick in the 2nd round of last summer’s draft.

The Ontario, Canada native is said to have plus raw power from the left side of the plate with above-average speed on the base paths. Defensively, Caissie was a corner outfielder for the Canadian junior national team, throwing in the low-90s.

Also 18, Ismael Mena is the other outfield prospect (#16) the Cubs will be getting in return. Drawing comparisons to Gregory Polanco, Mena covers the strike zone well as a left-handed batter and is believed to eventually be a potential leadoff hitter thanks to his plus-running abilities. Mena is already viewed as an above-average defender with excellent route running abilities and a high baseball IQ while currently listed at 6’3, 185 pounds.

Barring any immediate impacts in the minor leagues and a desperate need for outfield help, it’s probably going to be a while before we see either outfielder playing at Wrigley Field. Still, both Caissie and Mena have the tools and makeup to be valuable assets to the future of the Cubs.