The Reds should not protect Tyler Callihan from the Rule 5 Draft
Tyler Callihan was in the same draft class as Rece Hinds. Selected one round later, Callihan has not had near the same level of success that Hinds has discovered. One of the biggest reasons for Callihan's shortcomings has been an inability to stay on the field.
Injuries have crippled Callihan's career thus far, with the most severe being an elbow injury that required Tommy Johm surgery. While much more common for pitchers, position players who suffer a UCL injury will undergo the procedure as well.
Callihan was finally heathy in 2023, and showed what he can do with a full season under his belt. After a mediocre performance at High-A Dayton, Callihan received a promotion to Double-A Chattnaooga and performed much better.
Callihan hit just .236/.312/.373 at High-A, but turned it up after stepping up in competition. In 22 games with the Chattanooga Lookouts, Callihan posted a slash line of .310/.396/.460 with 10 doubles in just 22 games.
There's a lot to like about Tyler Callihan, but having just played a handful of games at Double-A, it's difficult to see a team selecting the 23-year-old in the Rule 5 Draft. Callihan is also locked into one position. While he can play third base, his arm fits much better at the keystone.