Tyler Naquin
Tyler Naquin
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cleveland Indians
Out
Injury Hip
Est. Return 2/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Indians in March of 2018.
Rejoins Indians on Monday
OFCleveland Indians
Hip
September 30, 2018
Naquin (hip) will rejoin the Indians on Monday to determine his potential postseason availability, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Naquin had surgery on his right hip in early August and is currently on the 60-day disabled list, but he's already eligible to return. The 27-year-old will participate in Tuesday's intrasquad game to help determine whether he is an option for the ALDS roster, as the series begins Friday.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+15%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+17%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .693 60 6 0 11 1 .250 .328 .365
Since 2016vs Right .795 528 72 17 56 6 .283 .341 .454
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
2016vs Left .775 40 4 0 7 1 .250 .368 .406
2016vs Right .898 325 48 14 36 5 .301 .372 .526
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+23%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+26%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .854 281 43 9 34 4 .315 .366 .488
Since 2016Away .722 307 35 8 33 3 .248 .316 .406
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
2016Home .997 170 29 9 23 4 .333 .405 .592
2016Away .792 195 23 5 20 2 .264 .344 .448
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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.
BB/K
0.14
 
BB Rate
3.3%
 
K Rate
23.0%
 
BABIP
.331
 
ISO
.092
 
AVG
.264
 
OBP
.295
 
SLG
.356
 
OPS
.651
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Shifts to 60-day DL
OFCleveland Indians
Hip
September 4, 2018
Naquin (hip) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday.
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Out 6-to-10 weeks
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Hip
August 3, 2018
Naquin had surgery to stabilize a stress reaction in his right hip Thursday. He is expected to be sidelined for 6-to-10 weeks.
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Diagnosed with stress reaction in hip
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Hip
July 29, 2018
Indians manager Terry Francona revealed Sunday that Naquin is dealing with a stress reaction in his right hip, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Headed for disabled list
OFCleveland Indians
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July 28, 2018
Naquin (hip) will be placed on the 10-day disabled list prior to Saturday's matchup with the Tigers, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.
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Scratched from Friday's lineup
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July 27, 2018
Naquin was scratched from Friday's starting lineup due to right hip discomfort, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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