Owen Caissie Finally Hit His First Homer of the Year at High-A South Bend

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Owen Caissie Finally Hit His First Homer of the Year at High-A South Bend

Chicago Cubs

It’s been a rough, rough, rough start to the year at High-A South Bend for Owen Caissie. Everyone knew it was a challenging assignment for the 19-year-old outfielder who’d primarily played in complex ball last year, with just 22 games at Low-A. The most charitable small sample chunk you could take to show some progress would be his last six games, when he’s hit .200/.273/.250 (57 wRC+). Yes. That’s the charitably selected chunk.

That’s probably why I was so happy to see Caissie finally go deep for the first time this season. And he did it with a grand slam:

There will be more to his process beyond that one swing, but you do hope that, to the extent there was even a very small mental component to his early-season struggles, this might help remind him of his talent. That bat can be very, very special.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.