Owen Casey It has a high ceiling and a long way to get to it. Acquired by the Chicago Cubs from the San Diego Padres as part of December 2020 Yo Darwish Bargain, the left-handed batsman is 20 years old and has just 159 professional games under his belt. Moreover, he was recruited out of cold weather in Burlington, Ontario. As noted by Erik Longenhagen when he ranked the 2020 No. 3 ranked Cubs’ best prospect last year. existing (and out of our top 100 overall), “Casey has never played a night game in his life until the Arizona League’s complex opener in 2021.”
Looking at the raw numbers, Caissie’s future looks less bright than it did before last season. Playing at High-A South Bend, he slashed an uninspired 0.254/.349/.402 with 11 home runs in 433 plate appearances, and followed that up with a more modest 0.220/.270/.356 streak in the Arizona Fall League. perspective is required. Caissie was a teenager in the first half of the season, and his instruments, originally designed in Canada, were droppable and loud. It simply stays relatively raw.
Caissie, listed at 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, discussed his early career development during his NFL tenure.
David Lorella: Let’s start with your development as a speculator. How have you evolved since entering professional football?
Owen Casey: “I feel like what’s changed the most is… I mean, I’ve made some swing adjustments. When I got recruited, I was kind of crooked, and now I’m straight. But what’s really changed is my technique, my pitch selection, my ability to keyhole the ball in the middle. I’ve never read my poll report. I don’t even know how to get there. But there are clearly holes in my game that I need to close.”
Lorella: What type of hitter do you consider yourself?
cashier: “I like to classify myself as a power hitter. At least that’s what I try to be.”
Lorella: You’re doing a project to hit power.
cashier: “Yeah, but I’m trying to hit drives. When I’m trying to hit a home run, I don’t hit a home run. When I’m just trying to hit a line drive back at the pitcher, that usually produces the best results. That’s when I hit doubles and home runs.”
Lorella: Do you know what your highest exit speed readings were?
cashier: “In the [Midwest League] This year’s tournament, against the Lake County Captains, made 114 [mph] at 31 [degree launch angle]. That was probably the hardest, furthest ball I ever hit.”
Lorella: Can you explain the mechanical modification you made?
cashier: “It was basically about being able to catch high fast balls and not get blown up by them. That and seeing changes along the way and not just swinging the ball out [the pitcher’s] to hand in. But honestly, it was mostly about getting more reps, getting ABs and ABs, over and over again. That’s why it’s great to be here [in the AFL]. I’m seeing really good arms and making adjustments from game to game.”
Lorella: Outside of the upright stance, what do you do to better handle soaring fastballs?
cashier: “I do a lot of hand work. I’m a dominant right-handed hitter, and being a left-handed batsman, that’s my bottom hand. So there’s a lot of non-dominant and superior stuff. It’s kind of straight hitting the ball.”
Lorella: Let’s move on to your background. How much baseball did you play growing up in Ontario?
cashier: “We went to the states to play, but we were nowhere near any of the southern states. Our home season was about three or four months away, so there was a lot of hitting indoors. That’s why all of these towers are so important to me.” .
Lorella: Where are you defensively?
cashier: “My defense has improved, and I’m not sure anyone has really picked that up. I feel like it’s been the biggest improvement this year. I fuck a lot. They don’t force us to do that, but they encourage us to do a lot of straight fucking during the season. It helps with things.” Like reading the ball off the bat and jumping in. Fungi are good, but BP is about as close as you can get in the game.”
Lorella: Defense is something to be proud of.
cashier: “Yes. I want to be a good player. I want to be the best I can be, in all aspects of the game. If I give it my all and I don’t, I want to be able to say I did my best. I did my best.”