Tyler Callihan, 3B, Providence (FL) HS
Callihan was also on that list of players included in our Mock Draft Roundup, and I can definitely see why he was mocked to the Milwaukee Brewers.
If the Brewers select Callihan, they’ll be taking the “Keston Hiura approach” where you draft the bat and figure out the rest later. This is what MLB Pipeline had to say about their 32nd ranked draft prospect:
"Callihan has shown an innate ability to barrel up the baseball, both at a number of elite-level events over the summer, as well as this spring, with an advanced approach from the left side of the plate"
Callihan had a .528 batting average with the Team USA 18U National team. Not slugging or on-base percentage, that’s batting average.
To again refer back to the Keston Hiura approach, this Callihan dude can hit.
Callihan’s power has also been on the rise lately, and as a left-handed hitter, he should have a ton of fun hitting fly balls in Miller Park.
He has a college commitment to South Carolina that he would need to be signed away from, but being a first round pick is tough to pass up.
The main question about Callihan is his ability to stick at third base. He’s not very fast, unsurprisingly, and has a limited range defensively. Even though he’s a bit shorter at 5’11”, perhaps a move to first base is in his future should he be selected by the Milwaukee Brewers.
If Callihan is there at No. 28, I would not be surprised to see Scouting Director Tod Johnson select him. The Brewers love big hit tools and they can take that Keston Hiura approach (which seems to have worked out so far), and draft Callihan’s bat while they figure out the rest later.