With about a week to go until the 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft, there are names starting to be connected to specific teams if they fall to them at particular picks. One name that has been linked to the New York Yankees at either the 30th or 38th pick is infielder Tyler Callihan.
Callihan currently plays at Providence High School in Jacksonville, Florida and he is one of those players that evaluators like in this draft because of his raw power. In their latest mock drafts, Perfect Game Baseball has Callihan going to the Yankees at pick 38 and Baseball America (subscription required) has them at 30. If he elects to go to college, he is committed to playing in the SEC at South Carolina.
In their latest ranking of the Top 500 prospects in this class, Baseball America (subscription required) has Callihan ranked at 37th, meaning he should be available with one of those first two picks that the Yankees have. Here is some of the scouting report that BA has on him:
“Callihan is among the best hitters in the class, showcasing impressive bat speed and strength from the left side. At 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, Callihan has a bit of an unusual profile, as there’s no natural defensive home for him at the moment. But with two plus tools in his hitting ability and raw power, teams should feel fairly confident about drafting the bat and figuring out where he fits in the field later.”
Power is one of those tools that are hard to teach when finding a prospect, so if the Yankees can take someone with the raw power that Callihan has, then he is someone they have to consider in Round 1. Since the lefty is only 18 years old, the Yankees could take their time developing him and experiment at multiple positions in the infield to find that perfect spot.
Here is some video of Callihan from last fall courtesy of 2080 Baseball:
The Yankees have not selected an infielder in the first round since they drafted Kyle Holder with the 30th pick in 2015. If Callihan were to be selected, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Yankees decided to use him at third base and see if he can progress at a position that doesn’t really have that elite prospect blocking him at any level.
It is hard to find left-handed power bats, so if the Yankees can grab Callihan, they can develop him at other positions defensively while he crushes the ball at the plate.