Tyler Naquin
Tyler Naquin
29-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cincinnati Reds
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Naquin came to the big leagues with aplomb with an impressive rookie season, showing an ability to hit for average and power, albeit with an excessive strikeout rate. It has all been mostly downhill from there with injury and ineffectiveness save a decent run of platoon production in 2019. Cleveland saw enough in 2020 and decided to move on from the outfielder by non-tendering the 30-year-old outfielder in December. If Naquin finds another big-league job, he will be strictly platooned with someone who can actually hit lefty pitching -- something Naquin is wholly incapable of doing. The downside for him is that there are many outfielders out there who can fill a strong-side platoon, so look for him to settle for a minor-league deal and plan your single-league format reserve rounds accordingly. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#600
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Reds in February of 2021.
Sitting in Winker's return
OFCincinnati Reds
April 12, 2021
Naquin is out of the lineup for Monday's game in San Francisco.
ANALYSIS
With five home runs and a double in only 36 plate appearances to begin the season, Naquin has been one of the pleasant surprises through the first week and a half of the campaign. He's benefited from some extra opportunities with Jesse Winker missing multiple games due to an illness and then a calf cramp, but Naquin will take a seat Monday with Winker cleared to play in the series opener in San Francisco. Naquin's power surge may allow him to get a longer look as part of a timeshare with Winker and Nick Senzel in left or center field, but his overall opportunities will likely take at least a slight hit now that Cincinnati has its Opening Day outfield back intact.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+15%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+47%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .689 99 12 5 14 1 .218 .276 .414
Since 2019vs Right .791 384 45 15 55 4 .276 .313 .478
2021vs Left 1.500 6 2 1 3 1 .250 .500 1.000
2021vs Right 1.018 42 6 5 12 0 .263 .333 .684
2020vs Left .045 22 2 0 1 0 .000 .045 .000
2020vs Right .737 119 13 4 19 0 .257 .286 .451
2019vs Left .837 71 8 4 10 0 .286 .329 .508
2019vs Right .779 223 26 6 24 4 .289 .324 .455
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+75%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+84%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .733 249 27 11 40 3 .251 .291 .442
Since 2019Away .811 234 30 9 29 2 .280 .321 .491
2021Home 1.258 32 6 5 14 0 .296 .406 .852
2021Away .717 16 2 1 1 1 .200 .250 .467
2020Home .431 62 7 0 5 0 .169 .194 .237
2020Away .791 79 8 4 15 0 .257 .291 .500
2019Home .755 155 14 6 21 3 .276 .307 .448
2019Away .834 139 20 4 13 1 .302 .345 .488
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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 2019 data (min 400 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
0.42
 
BB Rate
10.4%
 
K Rate
25.0%
 
BABIP
.208
 
ISO
.452
 
AVG
.262
 
OBP
.354
 
SLG
.714
 
OPS
1.068
 
wOBA
.450
 
Exit Velocity
84.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
63.3%
 
Barrels/PA
14.6%
 
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7 days ago
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Rounding Third: Week 3 FAAB Bids
7 days ago
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Fantasy Baseball Podcast: Yelich, Rendon Injured, FAAB Closers & OF
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Jeff Erickson and Scott Jenstad cover injuries (Christian Yelich, Anthony Rendon) and FAAB options at Closer and Outfield.
NL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
8 days ago
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Naquin began the season as Cleveland's Opening Day right fielder and appeared in 89 games with a .792 OPS, but he missed the final month of the season after suffering a torn ACL. He finally looked comfortable at the plate after being unable to establish himself in the majors in the previous two seasons following an impressive .296/.372/.514 slash line during his rookie campaign in 2016. Naquin used to be a defensive liability, but has turned himself into a solid defender. He has some pop (.179 ISO), but he remains a non-factor on the basepaths. Naquin should factor into the Indians' outfield situation again in 2020, but he's expected to get a late start to the season as the early timetable for his recovery has him returning between mid-April and mid-June.
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.
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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Drills another home run
OFCincinnati Reds
April 9, 2021
Naquin went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk, a stolen base and two runs scored in Friday's win over Arizona.
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Massive performance Tuesday
OFCincinnati Reds
April 6, 2021
Naquin went 3-for-4 with a walk, two home runs and seven RBI in Tuesday's 14-1 win over the Pirates.
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Back in leadoff role Monday
OFCincinnati Reds
April 5, 2021
Naquin will start in left field and bat leadoff Monday against the Pirates.
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Gets another start
OFCincinnati Reds
April 4, 2021
Naquin will start in left field and bat leadoff Sunday against the Cardinals.
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Nabs roster spot
OFCincinnati Reds
March 29, 2021
The Reds selected Naquin's contract Monday.
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