5 Reds prospects to watch at High-A Dayton in 2023

Mainland's Chase Petty is the 2021 South Jersey Baseball Player of the Year.
Mainland's Chase Petty is the 2021 South Jersey Baseball Player of the Year. / Adam Monacelli/Courier-Post via Imagn
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The upper-levels of the Cincinnati Reds minor league system is loaded with talent. Elly De La Cruz, Christian Encarnacion-Strand, and Andrew Abbott are just a few names that will be appearing in both Louisville and Chattanooga this season.

But don't sleep on the talent in the lower-levels of the Reds farm system either. Remember, players like De La Cruz and Abbott began last season at High-A Dayton before being promoted to Double-A Chattanooga.

The Reds made a concerted effort to upgrade the talent in their pipeline through trades and the draft. Which top prospects who will likely debut at High-A Dayton in 2023 should Reds fans keep an eye on?

1. Reds prospects to watch at High-A Dayton in 2023: Tyler Callihan

Tyler Callihan has endured some difficult situations since being drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in Round 3 of the 2019 MLB Draft. Injuries have stifled any real growth, but Callihan was able to get back onto the field after Tommy John surgery shelved the infield for the better part of a year.

Callihan is bat-first infielder without any real defined position. The 22-year-old has a smooth swing, and while he doesn't possess elite power, Callihan has enough pop in his bat to reach double-digit home runs.

If Callihan enters the 2023 fully healthy, then perhaps he'll reach his ceiling and begin to climb up the minor league ladder. While he has seen time at both second and third base, Callihan is not going to wow you with his glove.

The Cincinnati Reds have a right-handed version of Tyler Callihan on the team right now in the form of Spencer Steer. Callihan could serve a similar role to Steer if he's able to stay on the field during the upcoming season. After receiving fewer than 250 at-bats with the Dayton Dragons in 2022, it's a goof bet that Callihan returns to High-A to begin 2023.