Owen Caissie OF
2023 Level(s): AA Tennessee
Joined the organization via: Kris Bryant Trade with the San Francisco Giants
2023 Stats: 528 PA, .289/.399/.519, 22 HR, 55 XBH, 7/16 SB, 84 RBI, 77 R
Owen Caissie is a player that has the power you’re looking for. If we were to pick a prospect of the year in the Cubs system it would be hard not to pick Caissie for a myriad of reasons. He played in 120 games and put up 528 plate appearances. In those appearances, he picked up 55 extra-base hits and still batted .289.
The problem that you’ll run into when looking at Caissie is trying to determine where he’ll play defensively. He’s not a standout in the outfield, where the Cubs seemingly have their future already pretty well-determined with the long-term contracts of Seiya Suzuki and Ian Happ as well as the potential return of Cody Bellinger or the emergence of Pete Crow-Armstrong.
That being said, the bat will play anywhere on the diamond, including at DH. Not only did Caissie hit for average last season but he also walked at an impressive clip posting a near .400 OBP and as previously discussed he can absolutely hit for power.
He spent the entirety of the 2023 season at AA Tennessee and showed that he was too good for that level. The Cubs will open the season with him at AAA Iowa, just one step away from Wrigley Field and depending on the future of Christopher Morel, he could be crushing homers over the ivy before the All-Star Break.