The Cincinnati Reds had two different prospects win some hardware for their performance last week on the farm system. Right-handed pitcher Jose Acuna was named the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week and infielder Tyler Callihan was named the Midwest League Player of the Week.

Jose Acuna joined the Reds organization on July 28th when he was acquired from the New York Mets along with Hector Rodriguez in a trade that sent Tyler Naquin and Phillip Diehl to New York. Cincinnati sent the right-handed pitcher to Single-A Daytona where he joined the Tortugas in the Florida State League on the 29th. The 19-year-old has been dominant for the five weeks since arriving, posting a 2.25 ERA in 28.0 innings across six games while allowing just 13 hits, walking eight, and striking out 27 batters. That culminated on Thursday when he allowed just one hit against the Palm Beach Cardinals in 5.0 shutout innings without a walk while striking out four batters.

Here are some of the highlights from his start against Palm Beach on the 1st:


Tyler Callihan take the honor in the Midwest League

It had been a rough seven game stretch for Tyler Callihan from August 19th through 27th as he went 2-23 (.087). For as tough as that slump was, Callihan was just as hot last week against Cedar Rapids in the final home series for High-A Dayton. While seeing time at both second and third base during the series, Callihan picked up at least one hit in each game and hit .458/.500/.917 with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, two walks, and eight runs batted in. In the final game of the series he capped the week off going 2-2 with a triple and two walks.

We’ve got video below of both of the home runs on the week for Tyler Callihan. The first one went off of the batters eye and Trackman estimated it at 438 feet (had it continued unobstructed).


There have been ten other players that have been named as player of the week for their league this season:

  • Matt McLain – Southern League Player of the Week – April 11-17
  • Sam Benschoter – Florida State League Pitcher of the Week – May 2-8
  • Joe Boyle – Midwest League Pitcher of the Week – May 23-29
  • Ruben Ibarra – Florida State League Player of the Week – June 6-12
  • Leonardo Balcazar – Arizona Complex League Player of the Week – June 27-July3
  • Elly De La Cruz – Midwest League Player of the Week – July 4-10
  • Robert Dugger – International League Pitcher of the Week – July 25-31
  • Spencer Stockton – Southern League Pitcher of the Week – July 25-31
  • Yassel Pino – Florida State League Player of the Week – August 15-21
  • Ariel Almonte – Arizona Complex League Player of the Week – August 15-21

9 Responses

  1. DaveCT

    Jose Acuna had only 25 2/3 professional innings before reaching Lo-A at age 19, then has seemingly been unfazed by the competition. He’s listed at BA as being 6’0″, 175 libs but in the video he looks like he’s grown 2 inches and put on 15 lbs of muscle with a big frame. This may turn out to be a really astute pickup. Lots of physical projection, lots of arm strength projection, a nice looking breaking pitch and heat on the fastball.

    Tyler Callihan has me relieved he’s gotten a relatively full season in, one, and it’s nice to see the sweet LH swing, bat speed and power. Guys who lose most of a year to surgery are sometimes easy to overlook. But he was ranked 37th in the draft and was an over slot 3rd round pick. If he’s coming on, AA next year then who knows. A backup for India and whoever claims 3B out of the tribe of middle and corner infielders isn’t out of the question IMO

  2. MBS

    It seems that Krall is a pretty savvy man. Acuna, and Rodriguez seem to be quite the return for half a season of Naquin. It’ll be very interesting to see what direction we head into over the offseason.

    • DaveCT

      I’ve eaten my share of Krall Krow, and two or three others’ too.

      • MBS

        I’ve been keen on Krall, but I’ve had to eat crow on many a player. Currently Friedl, and previously India to name just a couple.

      • DaveCT

        A little salt, maybe some ranch dressing, snd Kroc all that bad.

    • Stock

      I agree MBS. In fact I think either of these for Naquin would have been a good trade. Both make this the best trade by the Reds (or any team for that matter) this summer.

  3. MK

    I enjoy seeing triples, especially from quality athletes. The good ones always have that extra gear they can call upon when needed. On potential tripes it is typically rounding second heading to third.

    Never really saw Callihan as one of those players but the other night he hit a triple and when he hit second, he kicked in that extra gear. Very impressive.

    He was also awarded the play of the season in a verbal fan vote yesterday for a sliding catch into the wall in foul territory.

  4. DaveCT

    In New Britain, CT, I used to see great AA competition and players. The play I will remember most is Brady Anderson going from 1st to home on a single to RF . It was actually poetry in motion. I’ll never forget it. Anderson was so far above anyone athletically was just astounding.

  5. Mike

    Acuna’s got a fun hitch in his windup. Love the way he hides the ball to the last instant, too. No wonder hitters struggle with him