Indians prospect outfielder Tyler Naquin is providing a slash line of .375/.423/.458 (.881 OPS) with two doubles and three runs batted in through his first six games with Double-A Akron.
The 2012 first-rounder went 0-for-3 in his first contest with the Aeros, but has since recorded a hit in each game, including seven hits over the last three. After batting .277/.345/.424 (.769 OPS) with 42 extra-base hits and 14 stolen bases in 108 games for High-A Carolina, the 22-year-old was received a promotion to Double-A ball.
Naquin is presently projected by many to be a fourth outfielder. While he undoubtedly has the arm strength and range to handle right field at the major league level, his ability to hit for power continues to be a bit of a concern. Until he develops this facet of his game, it is expected that his value will be tied to his ability to stay in center field. Naquin is anticipated to debut with the Indians at some point during the 2015 season where he will be 24 years old.
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