Cincinnati’s third-round selection in 2019 and rated highly because of his bat, Callihan received almost $1.5 million -- more than twice the pick value at No. 85 overall -- to bypass his commitment to the University of South Carolina. They sent him to the rookie-level Applachian League for his pro debut and he earned a late promotion up to the Pioneer League.
Since he can hit, the Reds will be able to find a place for Callihan to play, but it will most likely be either second base or third base. A set position has yet to be determined, however, as the organization waits to see how he develops physically. A stocky player, Callihan has shown to be a better athlete than he looks, but is still maturing and is expected to lose some of his baby fat. He has good enough hands that he could definitely handle himself defensively at second base if he doesn’t slow down too much.
Callihan is an aggressive player who some might compare to former hard-nosed Reds third baseman Ray Knight. He was over-aggressive at times at the plate during his pro debut, but he’s shown a solid approach in the past with plenty of power to tap into. He gets high marks for his baseball IQ and competitive nature, giving the Reds confidence he’ll make the adjustments necessary at the plate.