Naquin has now amassed a solid 107 at-bat sample at the major league level, and has done nothing to suggest that his solid minor league career has been a mirage. The 25-year-old posted wOBAs of .366, .383, .354, .359, .403, .359 and .344 over seven different minor-league stints of various duration, and has managed to best all of those numbers with his current .394 figure with the Indians in 2016. He's even displayed much better power at this level than at any other time during his professional career.
There's stolen base potential here as well, although it hasn't truly manifested itself as of yet. Naquin posted double-digit steals at two minor league stops, and tallied OBP figures between .345 and .419 in seven of eight minor league stints as well. He's managed average to above-average K/BB rates throughout his pro career, so his current 31.9 percent strikeout rate, six points higher than his previous high in a Double-A stint in 2013, is bound to shrink over time as he continues to adjust to big league pitching.
Finally, playing time remains on Naquin's side at the moment. He's solid on defense and has certainly done plenty to contribute, as evidenced by his .318/.376/.551 line. He's also capable of playing all three outfield positions, and the Indians currently have two players at those spots on suspension (Marlon Byrd, Abraham Almonte) and one on the DL (Michael Brantley) with no clear timetable for return. The 2012 first-round pick thus seems to figure in heavily in Cleveland's plans as the season approaches its midway point, and could well be a factor for the duration of the 2016 campaign.
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