Tyler Naquin
Tyler Naquin
28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cleveland Indians
10-Day IL
Injury Calf
Est. Return 6/7/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The 2016 season happened, and it was great when it did. Unfortunately, it set an impossibly high bar for Naquin's career and it has been a downward spiral since. Every single indicator showed us that what Naquin did that season was unsustainable, but it is tough to write him off given that a .296/.372/.514 line is not too far in the rearview mirror for his career. The largest issue has been health, with hip surgery ending his 2018 season prematurely. We will recall his defensive issues in the 2016 postseason, but the metrics were kinder to him last season when he was on the field. Currently, Naquin is projected to be on the strong side of the platoon in right field with Jordan Luplow taking the at-bats against lefties that Naquin has no hope of hitting. Naquin also has minor-league options remaining, so he could return to Triple-A if Cleveland decides to sign or trade for someone that has more safety in their numbers. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Indians in March of 2018.
Runs bases
OFCleveland Indians
Calf
May 24, 2019
Naquin ran the bases Friday as he recovers from a left calf strain, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
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Naquin has been out of action for two weeks. He was reportedly two weeks away from resuming baseball activities last week, according to reports at that time, but it's possible his running Friday indicates that he's slightly ahead of that schedule.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+20%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+30%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+17%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .551 36 4 0 5 0 .235 .257 .294
Since 2017vs Right .660 283 29 4 29 4 .266 .300 .360
2019vs Left .552 16 2 0 1 0 .214 .267 .286
2019vs Right .720 80 5 1 9 3 .289 .325 .395
2018vs Left .563 16 1 0 4 0 .250 .250 .313
2018vs Right .660 167 21 3 19 1 .266 .299 .361
2017vs Left .500 4 1 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250
2017vs Right .523 36 3 0 1 0 .212 .250 .273
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+23%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .657 160 16 0 17 2 .289 .314 .342
Since 2017Away .639 159 17 4 17 2 .235 .277 .362
2019Home .667 49 2 0 6 2 .289 .333 .333
2019Away .720 47 5 1 4 1 .267 .298 .422
2018Home .671 102 14 0 11 0 .296 .314 .357
2018Away .627 81 8 3 12 1 .224 .272 .355
2017Home .444 9 0 0 0 0 .222 .222 .222
2017Away .544 31 4 0 1 0 .214 .258 .286
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Stat Review
How does Tyler Naquin compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 100 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.19
 
BB Rate
5.2%
 
K Rate
27.1%
 
BABIP
.381
 
ISO
.100
 
AVG
.278
 
OBP
.316
 
SLG
.378
 
OPS
.694
 
wOBA
.303
 
Exit Velocity
89.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
40.0%
 
Barrels/PA
3.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Naquin's 2016 arrival was surprisingly productive, as he was a 2.5-win player (according to FanGraphs) despite grading out as a below-average defender. The Indians sent him to Triple-A Columbus soon after the start of the 2017 season, as he wasn't playing much in Cleveland and it made more sense to get regular at-bats than to serve as a seldom-used bench player. He suffered a back injury in May, and was in the minors until a brief recall in mid-July, but his only prolonged run on the roster with the Indians came after rosters expanded in September. He handled Triple-A pitching capably when he was healthy last season, and there is nothing left for him to prove at that level. As a former first-round pick, he should get an opportunity to stick in Cleveland, or elsewhere, at least as a fourth outfielder in 2018. His key to sticking long term will be cutting back on his strikeouts, as he whiffed at a 30.7 percent clip during his impressive debut campaign.
Naquin's rookie season was a mixed bag of success. He showed a willingness to accept his walks, hit for average, and smash for power as Terry Francona set him up for success in platoon matchups. Naquin does not look comfortable against lefties, so Francona used him nearly exclusively against righties, and he hit .301/.372/.526 over 325 plate appearances. A good bit of that success came from his .411 batting average on balls in play, an extremely high number. The larger issues are the limits to his playing time with the struggles against lefties and his poor outfield defense, the latter of which was on display during the postseason. The 31 percent strikeout rate will need to improve moving forward because the batting average will normalize as his BABIP comes down to a more sustainable rate. As a result, Naquin will also need to prove that his power surge is legitimate skill growth to remain in consideration in mixed formats.
Naquin, a first-round pick of the Indians in 2012 out of Texas A&M, entered camp as a long shot to earn more than a reserve role for Opening Day. With Abraham Almonte on the receiving end of an 80-game suspension, regular playing time opened up in center field for the Tribe and Naquin's performance in Cactus League play has allowed him to push his way into the mix. Most likely, Naquin will share time with Rajai Davis, but considering Davis' ability to hit left-handed pitching much better than right-handed pitching, Naquin may end up on the large side of a platoon if he can carry his success from the spring into the regular season. Injuries limited Naquin to just 84 games last season, and he showed a useful combination of power and speed between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus, showing more home-run power, albeit with a lower batting average after the promotion. If he's able to emerge with the regular at-bats against righties for the entire season, Naquin is a threat to rack up low double-digit totals in home runs and stolen bases.
The former 15th overall pick in the 2012 draft missed the second half of 2014 with a broken hand, and he hadn’t done much to distinguish himself prior to the injury. Naquin hit .313 with four home runs and 14 steals in 76 games at Double-A Akron before getting hit on the hand by a pitch in late June, but his .389 BABIP hangs over that production like a dark gray storm cloud. At 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, Naquin doesn’t project to hit for much power, and that has been pretty evident in his numbers since he made the jump to Double-A towards the end of the 2013 season. He will likely begin 2015 back at Double-A, and could finish the year in Triple-A, but in the end, he profiles more as a fourth-outfielder/defensive-replacement profile than an average regular.
Naquin has been a mild disappointment since being selected 15th overall in the 2012 draft, but most considered the pick a bit of a reach when the Indians selected him that high. He played well enough at High-A Carolina (.277/.345/.424 in 108 games) to get a taste of Double-A, but he'll quite likely be a better asset to the Indians than he will be as a fantasy contributor. He profiles as more of a line-drive hitter with moderate speed who needs to stay in center field, as he doesn't have the bat for a corner-outfield spot. In general, 22-year-olds from a high profile college like Texas A&M should do more at the High-A level than Naquin did, so he'll need to start producing on the field quickly to avoid being tagged as a first-round bust.
Naquin was the 15th overall selection in the 2012 draft, which many considered a reach. He did not exactly light it up in the New York-Penn League (.270/.379/.380 in 36 games), but it was not a total disaster either. The Indians obviously saw some potential with his bat, but it remains to be seen how high his ceiling might be. He certainly doesn't profile as a big power corner bat, but might eventually display enough patience with decent power and speed from a center fielder. The tools that got him drafted will need to start translating to the field before he registers on most fantasy radars.
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Two weeks from baseball activity
OFCleveland Indians
Calf
May 16, 2019
Naquin (calf) will resume baseball activities in about two weeks, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Undergoing MRI
OFCleveland Indians
Calf
May 14, 2019
Naquin will undergo an MRI on his strained left calf, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Lands on injured list
OFCleveland Indians
Calf
May 14, 2019
Naquin was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left calf strain Tuesday.
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Likely headed to IL
OFCleveland Indians
Calf
May 13, 2019
Naquin (calf) will likely be placed on the 10-day injured list, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Sits again Monday
OFCleveland Indians
Calf
May 13, 2019
Naquin (calf) remains out of the lineup Sunday against the White Sox, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
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