9 of Chicago Cubs top 30 prospects make a stacked AA Tennessee Roster

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4. OF Owen Caissie #13

Drafted in the 2nd round by the San Diego Padres in 2020, Owen Caissie came to the Cubs later that year as a part of the Yu Darvish trade. Since then, Caissie has climbed his way up the system to become one of the many top outfield prospects in the Cubs' system, and this will be his first time playing as high as AA. The 20-year-old has a lot of potential in the power department, but his plate discipline needs fine tuning as does his fielding. But he possesses a good throwing arm and some of the best raw power in the system so he is a guy to keep an eye on as he looks to truly break out this season after collecting 11 home runs and 58 RBIs in 2022.

5. RHP Daniel Palencia (Cubs # 14)

Another newcomer to the AA level is right handed pitcher Daniel Palencia, who started 20 games at A+ South Bend last season with a 3.94 ERA. Although his numbers weren't the greatest, Palencia's fastball is considered the best in the entire system as it averages between 96-98 mph and tops out at a stunning 102. Although he has three other pitches, those being an upper 80s slider, a knuckle-curve and a changeup, it would make sense for him to focus on just one or two of them since his blazing fastball limits his durability and potential as a starter. Additionally, Palencia failed to throw five innings in any of his 20 starts last year. Luckily the Cubs have plenty of starting pitching depth, meaning Palencia could contribute as a set up man in the bullpen with his electric fastball.