The Cincinnati Reds had some open spots on the 60-man player pool after releasing two players earlier this week. On Thursday they added three prospects to the the player pool and assigned them to the alternate site at Prasco Park. Cincinnati added Tyler Callihan, their #11 prospect, Michael Siani, their #12 prospect, and Lyon Richardson, the #18 prospect in the organization to the mix in Mason at Praco Park.
As was reported earlier this week, teams can have instructional league this year and it can start as soon as September 18th. The Reds have not yet announced their plans for instructional league this year, but it seems that for these three players, they’re going to get some extra time on the field, and against a very different level of competition, too.
There are only a few weeks remaining for the alternate site to remain active. It will go through the end of the season for the team. For Cincinnati that is looking more and more like it’s going to be when the regular season comes to an end given where they are in the race and the number of games remaining. Perhaps they’ve got a run in them, but it’s going to have to be a heck of a run against some of the best teams in baseball.
Either way, Cincinnati is getting a few more of their top prospects onto the field at Prasco Park and some extra reps that they otherwise wouldn’t have gotten. Callihan, Siani, and Richardson will join Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, Tony Santillan, Joel Kuhnel, Ryan Hendrix, Jonathan India, Rece Hinds, TJ Friedl, and Mark Payton as Top 25 prospects at Prasco and on the 60-man player pool alternate site roster. Tyler Stephenson, Tejay Antone, and Jose Garia are also top 25 prospects in the player pool, but they are currently on the 28-man active roster with the big league club.
Tyler Callihan turned 20 this past summer. In 2019 the infielder, who has split his time between second and third base in his only professional season, saw action in both Greeneville and Billings. He played the full season in Greeneville, hitting .250/.286/.422 for the Reds before joining the Mustangs for the final week of the regular season and the playoffs. In five games to end the regular season he hit .400/.429/.650 for Billings.
Michael Siani spent his entire 2019 season with the Dayton Dragons. The now 21-year-old outfielder is known more for his speed and for his defense than for his bat. He hit just .253/.333/.339 last season for Dayton, but that line doesn’t tell you that he made huge improvements after an incredibly slow start. Through the first 38 games of the season he was hitting just .168/.279/.252, and he went 9-for-13 in stolen base attempts. Over the final 83 games of the season he hit .291/.358/.378 while going 36-for-46 in stolen base attempts. Back to that defense stuff – Siani may be the best defensive outfielder in the organization. He’s got outstanding range, athleticism, and his arm is above-average, too.
Lyon Richardson, like Siani, spent his entire 2019 season playing for the Dayton Dragons. The 20-year-old right-handed starting pitcher made 26 starts last season and posted a 4.15 ERA in 112.2 innings. He allowed just 10 home runs on the year, walked 33 batters, and he struck out 106 batters. Also like Siani, he got better as the season went along. At the end of May his ERA was 5.19 and batters were hitting .309 against him. From the start of June through the end of the year he made 16 starts with a 3.49 ERA and hitters hit just .257 against him. Only once did he allow more than three earned runs in a start during that stretch, showing incredible consistency for such a young pitcher.