New Arrivals: Tyler Naquin, of, Cleveland Indians

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Homerun #2, about 13 hours ago v. the Royals 

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2012 Bowman Chrome Draft

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Signed place card from Cal League All-Star Game

Tyler Naquin was the 15th overall pick of the Indians back in 2012. At the time he was considered the best pure hitter in the draft, and rated a plus defender due to his strong arm and speed. The big knock on him, and why he was not projected to go in the bottom half of the first round, was his lack of power. Most projected him as a tweener, who would most likely make the majors as a 4th OF.

From 2012 to 2015 he constantly ranked as one of the Indians Top 10 prospects. He had some injury issues that stalled him in 2014 and 2015, but they were fluke things that did not seem like they would be issues moving forward. As a minor leaguer he showed a little more power than he was projected to have, and got on base as advertised. Considering the issues the Indians have had in the OF, if it was not for Naquin’s injuries he would have been in the Majors by 2015.

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Called up to the Tribe this spring, he has been pretty fantastic. He is hitting .333/.368/.868 and today hit his 3rd HR of the season. He is striking out a ton and not really walking…but I imagine that will come in time. As it is, its tough to argue with his production.

I added these two pieces to my collection over the past couple weeks…neither cost my more than $10.

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2012 21 CLE-min A- 36 161 137 22 37 11 2 0 13 4 3 17 26 .270 .379 .380 .758
2013 22 CLE-min A+,Fal,AA 153 713 643 100 181 34 7 11 66 19 11 57 152 .281 .346 .407 .753
2014 23 CLE-min AA,FgW 88 387 345 56 104 13 5 4 31 16 3 33 80 .301 .361 .403 .764
2015 24 CLE-min AAA,AA 84 378 327 50 98 25 1 7 27 13 3 40 73 .300 .381 .446 .828
2016 25 CLE-min AAA 17 79 70 6 20 3 1 1 8 1 2 8 15 .286 .354 .400 .754
2016 25 CLE AL 30 76 72 12 24 2 2 2 6 0 1 4 23 .333 .368 .500 .868 127
1 Yr 30 76 72 12 24 2 2 2 6 0 1 4 23 .333 .368 .500 .868 127
162 Game Avg. 162 410 389 65 130 11 11 11 32 0 5 22 124 .333 .368 .500 .868 127
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/5/2016.
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