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One of the premier power hitters in the minors, particularly from an exit velocity standpoint, Owen Caissie has never had a strikeout rate below 28.6 percent and has a 30 percent strikeout rate for his career. He took a small step forward with a 27.1 percent strikeout rate in the second half last year, which coincides with the pre-tacked balls being removed from the Southern League. Even so, strikeouts will inevitably be a big part of Caissie's game. Fortunately, he has always walked at an 11 percent clip or higher, so he has the requisite approach to be a three-true-outcomes right fielder. Caissie has a plus arm and runs well for a 6-foot-3 slugger. A left-handed hitter, Caissie had a .755 OPS and 32 percent strikeout rate against lefties in 2023 and a .690 OPS against lefties in 2022, so it's possible he will get a platoon partner. It's also not a given that he will make enough contact against righties in the majors to handle the strong side of a platoon.

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  • Cubs' Owen Caissie: Power, Ks at Triple-A

    Caissie has four home runs, 14 strikeouts and five walks in 34 at-bats this month for Triple-A Iowa. The 21-year-old outfielder is slashing .278/.403/.454 with seven home runs, five steals and a 29 percent strikeout rate in 57 games at Triple-A. Caissie's power and strikeouts have both spiked over the past couple weeks. He hits the ball hard (30.3 percent hard-hit rate), especially for his age, but Caissie's .397 BABIP this year at Triple-A and .407 BABIP last year at Double-A are inflated marks that have propped up his batting averages.
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  • Cubs' Owen Caissie: Officially sent down

    Caissie was reassigned to minor-league camp by the Cubs on Friday, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports. Caissie received an invitation to big-league camp, but this was always the expected outcome, as the 21-year-old has yet to appear above Double-A. He was great at that level last season, recording 22 home runs and a .917 OPS across 120 games. If Caissie continues to make noise in the minors this year, his MLB debut might not be that far away.
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  • Cubs' Owen Caissie: Getting a shot in big-league camp

    Caissie has been invited to major-league spring training and will get a chance to make an impression before the start of the season, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports. While Caissie will almost certainly begin the regular season in the minors, he is definitely on the radar for the Cubs. The 21-year-old outfielder played for Double-A Tennessee last year and managed a strong .917 OPS with 22 home runs and 84 RBI across 120 games. A promotion to Triple-A may be in order for Caissie, and he could find himself in the majors not long after that if he keeps up a similar level of production at the plate.
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  • Cubs' Owen Caissie: Doing damage for Smokies

    Caissie has a .269/.371/.502 slash line with 15 home runs and a 34.3 percent strikeout rate in 75 games for Double-A Tennessee. He had 26 strikeouts in his first 12 games of the year, but even since that whiff-happy start, Caissie's strikeout rate is 31.1 percent since April 23, so he still projects to hit for a relatively low average. Known for his 70-grade raw power, the lefty-hitting Caissie is right on track in that department, sporting his best full-season ISO (.233) and a strong 32.5 percent hard-hit rate.
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