Height/Weight: 6’1”/185 lbs
College: Texas A&M
Tyler Naquin has a smooth, fluid swing from the left side, and is one of the more advanced and consistent hitters in the 2012 draft class, especially relative to the lack of projectable collegiate bats. He won’t hit for much power, but his knack for making hard contact and his ability to utilize his above-average speed will make him an extra-base threat at the next level.
In the outfield, Naquin has the 70-grade, plus arm needed to be a right fielder at the professional level, although his power will need to develop in order to stay there. He takes aggressive routes to the ball and is smooth with his actions. He’s also been known to lure baserunners into testing his arm.
Given his advanced hit tool and cannon from the outfield, Naquin has been compared to the likes of David DeJesus and Melky Cabrera. His ultimate ceiling will be determined once his power is given adequate time to develop, but he could reach the major leagues by late-2014.
Analysis: Cleveland has been a bit of a revelation this year in staying in contention in the AL Central. The Indians will hope that Naquin provides a solid presence in the middle of their lineup for years to come.