3 Reds prospects who enter 2022 with a lot to prove after subpar 2021 campaigns

The glove and hat of Cincinnati Reds left fielder Tyler Naquin.
The glove and hat of Cincinnati Reds left fielder Tyler Naquin. / Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
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A ball and glove lays on the field at the beginning of a game between the Reds and Rockies.
A ball and glove lays on the field at the beginning of a game between the Reds and Rockies. / David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

3. Tyler Callihan, Reds infield prospect

The Cincinnati Reds drafted Tyler Callihan in the third-round of the 2019 MLB Draft. The team signed him to an over-slot deal in order to secure his services, as the Florida high school product was set to play for the University of South Carolina.

Callihan was drafted for his bat. He does not have the same power tool as fellow 2019 Reds' draftee Rece Hinds, but his ability to get the bat on the ball remains his calling card. Callihan's defense won't be confused for Jose Barrero's glove work, but the 21-year-old is a good enough defender to field the keystone position over the long haul.

Callihan had a terrific start to the 2021 season with Low-A Daytona. The left-handed hitting Callihan slashed .299/.357/.437 with two round trippers, six doubles, and 10 RBIs. Unfortunately, Callihan only appeared in 23 games and received fewer than 100 plate appearances last season.

Callihan's last game came on June 1st, and it was reported that the infield prospect sustained an elbow injury. It was later revealed that Callihan underwent Tommy John surgery. That's a huge blow to both the Reds organization and Callihan himself.

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Being that he's a position player, there's a chance that Tyler Callihan could return to the field by spring training. But, you never know how these injuries are going to alter a player's swing, throwing ability, etc. The first step for Callihan is to get back onto the diamond. After that, it's up to him to showcase why the Reds took him with the 85th overall pick in 2019