When the 2019 season began, Tyler Callihan was still playing baseball for Providence High School in Jacksonville, Florida. The teenage infielder was beating up on the competition and climbing up draft boards. He dropped into the 3rd round because he was asking for 1st round money, but the Cincinnati Reds felt he was worth the request and selected him with the 85th overall pick and paid an overslot bonus to bring him into the organization.
Tyler Callihan signed quickly and the Reds assigned him to their advanced rookie-level affiliate in Greeneville. With their season beginning on June 18th, the infielder only played in seven games during June. He alternated days where he would record a hit and days in which he didn’t during the month. He would hit .200/.200/.200 in that 7-game stretch.
When July rolled around, Tyler Callihan started hitting better. Over the first two weeks of the month he picked up five extra-base hits, including his first professional home run. He would go 11-41 (.268) in that span. He would only be heating up from there. In the second half of the month he cracked six doubles, a triple, and two home home runs in 12 games. For the month he would post a .289/.319/.533 line for the Greeneville Reds, walking four times, stealing five bases, and striking out just 14 times.
August got out to a bit of a slow start for Tyler Callihan. In the first eight games of the month he hit .167 with a home run. Things started to get a little better from there, though. In the next 15 games he went 14-54 (.259) with three triples, a double, and a home run. That ended the Greeneville Reds season, but Cincinnati promoted him to Billings to help them make a run at the playoffs. While there were only five games remaining, he caught fire with the Mustangs, hitting .400 with a triple and a home run. The final month between the two stops saw him post a .260/.307/.433 line.
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Tyler Callihan Spray Chart
Tyler Callihan Scouting Report
Position: IF | B/T: L/R
Height: 6′ 1″ | Weight: 205 lb | Drafted: 3rd Round, 2019
Born: June 22, 2000
Hitting | He’s got an above-average hit tool.
Power | He’s got plus raw-power.
Speed | He’s a below-average runner in terms of speed.
Defense | At second or third base he rates out to be an average defender in the future.
Arm | He shows above-average arm strength.
During the 2019 season, at least as a professional, Tyler Callihan split his time between second and third base. For now there’s no reason to think he couldn’t handle either spot moving forward. A shortstop in high school, those days appear to be behind him.
While the defense projects to be solid, it’s the bat that has the most potential. With both an above-average hit tool and potentially plus power, there’s a lot to like. He used the whole field in his first taste of pro ball, though his power was mostly limited to the pull side. As with nearly all teenagers, there’s a lot of development between where he’s at now and reaching the upside of those tools.
In his debut Tyler Callihan’s plate discipline wasn’t quite where you wanted to see it. He walked just 10 times in 57 games – walking just 4.2% of the time he came to the plate. That’s a rate that is going to need to improve moving forward if he’s going to get the most out of his offensive tools.
Callihan probably isn’t going to bring much value on the bases. But the rest of his game has a chance to be above-average across the board. A strong hitter with good defense? Teams line up for that every single day. There’s plenty of development ahead to get there, but you don’t need every star to align to see a quality every day infielder here.
Longest Home Run of the Year
413 feet on July 20th.
Interesting Stat on Tyler Callihan
He hit .280/.307/.505 on the road in 114 plate appearances. At home he hit just .248/.290/.385 in 124 plate appearances.
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