3 Reds prospects who were left unprotected and could be poached in Rule 5 Draft

The Cincinnati Reds added three prospects to the 40-man roster on Tuesday evening.

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3. Reds prospect Tyler Callihan may not be added to the 40-man roster

Tyler Callihan was selected one round after Rece Hinds in 2018. The duo were supposed to really compliment each other well with Hinds bringing the thunder to the Reds lineup with his right-handed power stroke, while Callihan was a gap-to-gap contact hitter.

Unfortunately for the Reds, Hinds has been more swing-and-miss and Callihan's career has been ravaged by injuries. Cincinnati is hopeful that both eventually reach their full potential, but Tuesday's deadline saw Callihan left out in the cold while Hinds now has a home on the 40-man roster.

Callihan will have to prove everyone wrong in 2024, and the Reds undoubtedly hope that he'll do so as part of the Cincinnati farm system. However, it's possible that another club sees the value in Callihan and selects him during the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.

Tyler Callihan enjoyed his first healthy season in 2023 and made it to Double-A. Callihan has generally kept the strikeouts to a minimum and has a relatively good understanding of the strike zone. In his 22 games with the Chattanooga Lookouts last season, Callihan posted an .856 OPS and wRC+ of 131 according to FanGraphs.

Callihan is a bit limited defensively. Though he possesses enough arm strength to place across the diamond at third base, he looks more at home at second. Perhaps Callihan could eventually fill as a first baseman as well. He saw 12 games there in 2023.

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