A year ago, outfielder Tyler Naquin was selected in the first round of the 2012 Draft by the Cleveland Indians. Currently, he is having a breakout season at High-A Carolina.
The selection of Naquin left Indians fans disappointed because he wasn't a power hitter or fireballing pitcher, but he has won over naysayers with his performance this season. There are still doubters - and rightfully so - but this season is very encouraging.
Naquin was recently named to the Carolina League All Star team, and will be joined by shortstop Francisco Lindor, first baseman Jerrud Sabourin and right-handed pitcher Cody Anderson. In 59 games he is hitting a very healthy .307 with five home runs, 23 RBI, six stolen bases and .833 OPS.
In the pitching-dominated Carolina League, he currently ranks 2nd in the league in hitting (.307), 6th in runs (38), 1st in hits (75), 4th in doubles (18), 8th in triples (3), 3rd in total bases (114), 2nd in strikeouts (61), 8th in on-base percentage (.366), 5th in sluggi...