The MLB pipeline rankings have been updated and the Cubs' top 30 list looks way different now that we're more than two-thirds of the way through the 2023 season. There have been some impressive performances that skyrocketed a couple of players up the chart, while a couple have been bumped down to make room for others. The Cubs are also considered to have one of the best farm systems in all of baseball and they now have 5 prospects in the MLB top 100 list. Here are some of the biggest risers and fallers from the latest top 30 rankings.
Riser: OF Owen Caissie (no. 3)
Owen Caissie is having himself a breakout year with the Tennessee Smokies with a .288/.393/.549 slash line, 21 home runs, and 74 RBIs. This performance has bumped Caissie into the third spot in the Cubs' system and he even cracked the top 100 list coming in at 69th. The 21-year-old has always flashed above-average power, but he is also showing good plate discipline with 56 walks on the year.
As a left-handed power bat, Caissie could become useful on the major league roster next year. As a below-average defender in the outfield, Caissie could be a useful designated hitter or converted first baseman in the future. He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the second round of the shortened 2020 draft, and he came to the Cubs as a main piece in the Yu Darvish trade. Prior to the season, Caissie also represented Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic and he is the highest-drafted Canadian-born outfielder in baseball history.