The Cincinnati Reds have reportedly agreed to sign their 3rd round draft pick, infielder Tyler Callihan, to a signing bonus worth $1,500,000. That’s more than twice the value of the slot for the 85th overall selection.
Tyler Callihan, big hitting SS from Jacksonville, Fla. and 3rd rounder, agrees on deal with Reds at $1.5M. Well over slot.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 7, 2019
The Reds, and nearly every team in baseball, aren’t drafting players in the top 10 rounds that they haven’t basically already agreed to financial terms with. This played out on Monday night, when the Reds reportedly called Maxwell Romero and couldn’t come to an agreement before moving on. They would later draft him in the 38th round. This all suggests that while Tyler Callihan is getting more than twice the bonus money that his slot is for, that the team has already worked out that they’ve got the money available to sign him, and everyone else, and remain out of the penalty box – at least to the point where they’d have to give up future draft picks.
The scouting report on Tyler Callihan has his bat being the selling point. He shows potential for an above-average hit tool as well as above-average power in the future. Defensively he’s played shortstop in high school, but most believe he’s going to wind up at second or third base in the future. You can get a full, more detailed scouting report from draft day right here.
While we are going to start seeing more and more deals agreed upon, right now there are only three that we know of. Clearly, the one with Tyler Callihan. First round pick Nick Lodolo reportedly agreed to sign for the full slot value. 9th round pick TJ Hopkins says he’ll report to Goodyear this weekend for his physical, so he’s on board, too – assuming he passes his physical (there’s no reason to believe he won’t).
With the Billings Mustangs season starting starting a week from today, and the AZL Reds and Greeneville Reds a few days later and in need of players, there will likely be plenty of signings that become official over the weekend once players pass their physicals. They will hang out in Goodyear and go through some work outs before they get assigned to a team and hit the road to their destination (at least those heading to Billings or Greeneville – some will remain in Goodyear to play for the Arizona League Reds). You can keep up with everything on who has signed, the available money for signings, and more at the 2019 Cincinnati Reds Draft Tracker.