Corner outfielder and Notre Dame (ON) product Owen Caissie is one of the top Canadian players in the entire country. Along with fellow countryman David Calabrese, Caissie is expected to go in the early rounds of this year’s MLB draft. The six-foot-four, 190-pound prospect was playing his best baseball before the COVID-19 shutdown. Scouts all across baseball were gushing about his powerful left-handed swing and straight-line running ability.
Now, the University of Michigan commit must rely on his past successes. Still expected to be drafted in the first several rounds Caissie possesses the potential of a first-round pick. Should all of that potential be reached, he could be a steal for a fortunate franchise. Caissie is currently the number 75 ranked prospect according to MLB.com.
The first attribute scouts notice about Owen Caissie is his raw power. He prides himself on being a student of the game studying players such as Aaron Judge, Mike Trout, and Barry Bonds. Caissie’s hip rotation from the left side of the plate gives him legitimate pop to all fields. He is able to loft the ball up and over the fence and has had success against older pitching.
Caissie takes great pride in his hitting. He spends hours studying film, hitting off a tee, and emulating successful power-hitters. His work ethic is a huge selling point to MLB teams and Caissie won’t disappoint. Also, while not a burner, Caissie does grade out as having above-average speed. He’s known for his ability to cover a lot of ground in the outfield which can increase his value if a team sees him as a potential centerfielder.
Although known for his hitting power, Caissie can struggle with generating that power. He has a tendency to vary his bat path which leads to some overall contact issues. He can be seen as more of a swinger than a hitter. But his constant studying and ability to make adjustments can ease teams minds about his contact woes.
Another concern is if Caissie will ever reach his full power potential. At 17 years old, he is one of the younger players in the draft and won’t turn 18 until July. So, there is time for him to develop. He is seen as a high-caliber athlete and has all of the tools teams look for in a potential prospect. However, it remains to be seen if Caissie will be able to put it all together. He is more projection at this point and a team must decide if he is worth risking a high pick on.
Owen Caissie compares well to Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo. They are about the same height with Gallo weighing about 35 pounds heavier. Each hit from the left side and throw right-handed. Both players rely very heavily on their power at the plate. Each of them would rather swing for the fences first and make contact second.
Also, both Gallo and Caissie are seen as excellent all-around players capable of manning all three outfield positions. They are rangy and athletic, and despite being seen as somewhat one-dimensional, can be a spark plug for their team. Whichever club values the potential Owen Caissie carries with him could be drafting a young cornerstone to build around in the future.
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