Wappingers Falls, NY (July 16, 2012) - Tyler Naquin takes a pitch during a short-season Class A game between the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and the Hudson Valley Renegades. He ended up fouling a ball off his foot and leaving the game after one at-bat.
Naquin is the Cleveland Indians’ 2012 first round draft pick. He’s an outfielder from Texas A & M. (Goodbye to Texas University, so long to the orange and the white…)
Tyler Naquin was the Indians 1st Round pick in 2012, 15th overall. For a first round pick his performance last year was a little underwhelming. He was considered the best pure hitter in the draft, and while he does not have a ton of power he should make up for it by driving the ball into gaps and getting on base. He also is a good outfielder with a plus-plus arm.
July 2012 - Outfielder Tyler Naquin walking to the plate for the short-season Class-A Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
Naquin is the Cleveland Indians’ 2012 first round draft pick. He’s one of the players who will be showcased in the “Fall Stars” game tonight. The All-Star game of the Arizona Fall League, it airs Saturday, Nov. 2 at 8pm ET on the MLB Network. It will also be live-streamed at MLB.com. One last morsel of baseball before the long, cold winter.
When I was in Akron this season I had the chance to meet Nanquin and see him play for the first time. He is a very talented dude, and very nice as well. He was very chatty with everyone getting autographs, which is always nice. It was a decent sized crowd too.
I am thinking that he will start the season in Akron, but probably get the bump to AAA Columbus very quickly…and if he puts up good…
Before the start of Tribe Fest last month, the Indians clubhouse buzzed with the chatter of some of the team’s more established players, including Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes. David Murphy, the team’s biggest free-agent acquisition of the winter, introduced himself to some of his new teammates
Off to the side, away from the veterans, outfielders Clint Frazier and Tyler Naquin sat next to each other. The Indians’ last two first round Draft picks were the only players without Major League experience in the clubhouse. Their crisp white jerseys had no numbers on the back, only their last names, still unfamiliar to many Indians fans. The next day, Naquin would find himself signing autographs alongside Kenny Lofton and watching as several fans collected Lofton’s signature only to pass him by.
Despite their relative anonymity, Naquin and Frazier still feel the pressure of having to live up to their large signing bonuses and even bigger expectations.
“Nobody’s really going to come up to your face and say, ‘You’ve got to make it,’ or 'You’ve got to do this,’ but you know it,” said Naquin, whom the Indians picked 15th overall in 2012. “Being the first pick, it doesn’t go unseen or unheard.”