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2017 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 26)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
4 .267 0 0 0 0 .261 0.0
Birth Date4-24-1991
Height6' 2"
Weight195 lbs
Age26 years, 4 months, 28 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
2013
2014
2015
1.02016
-0.22017
+proj
WARP Summary

Projected Rest-of-Season Playing Time

Last Update: 9/21/2017 11:27 ET | Indians Depth Chart

Team Pos Order PT% PA AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG WARP TAv
CLE CF 8 10 4 .267 0 0 0 0 .335 .430 0.0 .261
2017 Rest-of-Season Totals104.2670000.335.4300.0.261

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2016 CLE 25 116 365 321 52 95 18 5 14 165 36 112 4 2 2 43 6 3 .296 .372 .514 .285 18.0 -8.6 1.0
2017 CLE 26 15 34 31 3 8 2 0 0 10 2 9 0 1 0 1 0 1 .258 .294 .323 .224 -0.5 -1.0 -0.2
Career1313993525510320514175381214324464.293.365.497.28017.5-9.60.8

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2012 MHV A- 36 161 .272 .238 .317 .335 .262 .333 95 2 4.4 0.2 4.9 -0.3 6.4 1.2 6.4 1.2
2013 CAR A+ 108 498 .264 .251 .326 .376 .251 .351 107 1.9 14.6 1 10.8 0.9 18.4 2.9 18.4 2.9
2013 AKR AA 18 85 .237 .260 .330 .392 .274 .298 97 -1.9 2.3 0.2 -1.7 -1.0 -0.5 -0.2 -0.5 -0.2
2014 AKR AA 76 341 .290 .266 .331 .400 .268 .389 103 10.6 9.4 0.6 3.7 -0.1 20.6 2.6 20.6 2.6
2015 AKR AA 34 160 .336 .255 .314 .369 .259 .410 96 12.3 4.3 0.3 1.5 -1.4 15.5 1.8 15.5 1.8
2015 COH AAA 50 218 .269 .257 .320 .379 .255 .323 108 2 6.0 0.3 2.9 0.8 9.2 1.2 9.2 1.2
2016 CLE MLB 116 365 .285 .257 .323 .422 .261 .411 112 9.2 10.3 0.8 -8.6 -2.3 18.0 1.0 18.0 1.0
2016 COH AAA 17 79 .288 .255 .318 .392 .260 .345 105 2.4 2.2 0.1 1.2 -1.6 3.1 0.4 3.1 0.4
2017 CLE MLB 15 34 .224 .235 .305 .386 .242 .348 108 -1.3 1.0 0 -1.0 -0.2 -0.5 -0.2 -0.5 -0.2
2017 COH AAA 80 330 .284 .264 .333 .404 .260 .358 107 8.8 10.0 -1.3 9.9 0.9 18.4 2.7 18.4 2.7

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2012 MHV A- 161 22 37 11 2 0 13 17 26 4 3 .270 .379 .380 .109 .272 6.4 4.9 1.2
2013 AKR AA 85 9 18 3 0 1 6 5 22 1 3 .225 .271 .300 .075 .237 -0.5 -1.7 -0.2
2013 CAR A+ 498 69 124 27 6 9 42 41 112 14 7 .277 .345 .424 .147 .264 18.4 10.8 2.9
2014 AKR AA 341 54 95 12 5 4 30 29 71 14 3 .312 .371 .424 .112 .290 20.6 3.7 2.6
2015 COH AAA 218 34 49 13 0 6 17 25 49 6 2 .263 .353 .430 .167 .269 9.2 2.9 1.2
2015 AKR AA 160 16 49 12 1 1 10 15 24 7 1 .348 .419 .468 .121 .336 15.5 1.5 1.8
2016 COH AAA 79 6 20 3 1 1 8 8 15 1 2 .286 .354 .400 .114 .288 3.1 1.2 0.4
2016 CLE MLB 365 52 95 18 5 14 43 36 112 6 3 .296 .372 .514 .218 .285 18.0 -8.6 1.0
2017 COH AAA 330 42 88 14 4 10 51 30 71 5 2 .298 .359 .475 .176 .284 18.4 9.9 2.7
2017 CLE MLB 34 3 8 2 0 0 1 2 9 0 1 .258 .294 .323 .065 .224 -0.5 -1.0 -0.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2016 1489 0.4694 0.5091 0.6821 0.6738 0.3633 0.7219 0.6167 0.3179 0 0.000000
2017 137 0.4818 0.4088 0.7321 0.4848 0.3380 0.7813 0.6667 0.2679 0 0.000000
Career16260.47040.50060.68630.65790.36120.72690.62090.313700

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-28 - Minors - - Right Hand Surgery Fracture - HBP -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 CLE $564,800
2016 CLE $507,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$507,500
2017Current$564,800
2 yrPvs + Cur$1,072,300
2 yrTotal$1,072,300

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 163 d1 year/$0.5075M (2017)

Details
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/17.
  • 1 year/$0.5075M (2016). Contract selected by Cleveland 11/20/15. Re-signed by Cleveland 3/16.
  • Drafted by Cleveland 2012 (1-15) (Texas A&M). $1.75M signing bonus ($2.25M slot).

2017 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 543 73 143 29 4 17 69 56 138 12 5 .303 .379 .491 .294 31.6 CF -3, RF -1 3.1
80o 525 68 134 27 4 16 65 52 136 11 4 .289 .364 .469 .283 24.3 CF -3, RF -1 2.3
70o 512 65 126 25 4 15 61 50 135 10 4 .280 .353 .454 .274 19.4 CF -2, RF -1 1.8
60o 501 62 120 24 4 14 59 47 134 10 4 .272 .344 .440 .267 15.3 CF -2, RF -1 1.3
50o 491 59 116 23 4 14 56 45 133 9 4 .264 .335 .428 .261 11.7 CF -2, RF -1 0.9
40o 481 57 109 22 3 13 54 43 132 9 4 .257 .327 .416 .254 8.2 CF -2, RF -1 0.6
30o 470 54 104 21 3 12 51 41 131 8 3 .249 .318 .403 .247 4.6 CF -2, RF -1 0.2
20o 457 51 99 20 3 12 48 38 129 8 3 .240 .307 .388 .239 0.6 CF -2, RF -1 -0.2
10o 439 47 90 18 3 11 44 35 127 7 3 .227 .292 .367 .227 -4.6 CF -2, RF -1 -0.8
Weighted Mean4936011623414574613494.266.337.431.26212.4CF -2, RF -11.0

2017 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 9/21/2017 13:04 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 70 9 20 4 1 2 11 7 17 2 1 .315 .389 .646 .303 4.6 CF 0 0.5
80o 47 6 11 2 0 1 6 5 12 1 0 .299 .370 .562 .289 2.4 CF 0 0.2
70o 31 4 8 2 0 1 4 3 8 1 0 .287 .357 .508 .279 1.3 CF 0 0.1
60o 17 2 4 1 0 0 2 2 4 0 0 .277 .346 .466 .270 0.5 CF 0 0.0
50o 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .267 .335 .430 .261 0.1 CF 0 0.0
Weighted Mean101200011300.272.340.447.2650.3CF 00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
9% 47% 12% 20% 79%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2017 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201827499631162531460491349.265.343.433.2570.810.3-1.50.612.9-1.7-3.1
201928475601102331457461298.261.339.429.2540.68.6-1.50.512.3-2.7-3.0
202029502631172431460471377.265.340.432.2550.69.1-1.70.313.0-2.5-3.2
202130470601082131457471296.261.342.427.2550.68.2-1.70.212.2-2.5-3.0
20223142553961921250401204.257.333.419.2500.35.0-1.60.011.0-4.4-2.7
20233241051951931249391133.261.337.423.2520.35.7-1.5-0.110.6-3.3-2.6
20243338047861721144371052.256.334.414.2490.24.1-1.4-0.29.8-4.2-2.4
20253436846841721043361031.257.335.414.2490.23.8-1.4-0.39.5-4.1-2.3
2026353554481162104134991.257.334.415.2490.23.7-1.3-0.49.2-3.9-2.2

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 80)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 87 Curtis Granderson 2007 .303
2 87 Kirk Nieuwenhuis 2014 .307
3 86 Wladimir Balentien 2011 .000 DNP
4 85 Trayvon Robinson 2014 .000 DNP
5 85 Ben Johnson 2007 .203
6 85 John Bowker 2010 .251
7 84 Shin-Soo Choo 2009 .305
8 84 Chris Duncan 2007 .280
9 84 Drew Stubbs 2011 .252
10 84 Eric Thames 2013 .000 DNP
11 84 Jackie Bradley 2016 .273
12 83 Scott Hairston 2006 .359
13 83 Chip Ambres 2006 .000 DNP
14 83 Cody Ross 2007 .339
15 82 Brennan Boesch 2011 .278
16 82 Travis Ishikawa 2010 .255
17 82 Brandon Boggs 2009 .086
18 82 Brett Carroll 2009 .243
19 82 Mike Carp 2012 .242
20 81 Ryan Rua 2016 .252
21 81 Jose Bautista 2007 .253
22 81 Moises Sierra 2015 .000 DNP
23 81 Blake Tekotte 2013 .255
24 81 Casper Wells 2011 .280
25 81 Justin Maxwell 2010 .241
26 81 Todd Linden 2006 .284
27 81 Chris Parmelee 2014 .247
28 81 Jordan Danks 2013 .250
29 80 Michael Choice 2016 .000 DNP
30 80 Abraham Almonte 2015 .252
31 80 Clete Thomas 2010 .000 DNP
32 80 Ryan Langerhans 2006 .253
33 80 Michael Saunders 2013 .281
34 80 Aaron Cunningham 2012 .204
35 80 Andrew Susac 2016 .274
36 80 Jerry Sands 2014 .185
37 80 Brian Anderson 2008 .239
38 80 Chris Snelling 2008 .635
39 80 Victor Diaz 2008 .000 DNP
40 80 Bryan Petersen 2012 .203
41 79 Chris Denorfia 2007 .000 DNP
42 79 Corey Hart 2008 .267
43 79 Josh Reddick 2013 .263
44 79 Scott Cousins 2011 .183
45 79 Corey Brown 2012 .234
46 79 Jason Repko 2007 .000 DNP
47 79 Leonys Martin 2014 .259
48 79 Tyler Collins 2016 .238
49 79 Ben Francisco 2008 .270
50 79 Chris Heisey 2011 .293
51 79 Chase Headley 2010 .275
52 79 Lane Adams 2016 .000 DNP
53 79 Steve Pearce 2009 .228
54 79 Brandon Moss 2010 .112
55 79 Brandon Jones 2010 .000 DNP
56 79 Welington Castillo 2013 .266
57 79 Melky Mesa 2013 .349
58 78 Lorenzo Cain 2012 .265
59 78 Travis Snider 2014 .284
60 78 Nick Evans 2012 .000 DNP
61 78 Franklin Gutierrez 2009 .271
62 78 Collin Cowgill 2012 .238
63 78 Chris Shelton 2006 .255
64 78 Nolan Reimold 2010 .207
65 78 Jeff Baker 2007 .207
66 78 Geovany Soto 2009 .237
67 78 Shane Victorino 2007 .267
68 78 Chris Young 2010 .289
69 78 Trevor Plouffe 2012 .261
70 78 Shane Peterson 2014 .000 DNP
71 78 Matt Den Dekker 2014 .263
72 78 Bubba Bell 2009 .000 DNP
73 78 Lucas Duda 2012 .261
74 78 Joe Mather 2009 .000 DNP
75 78 Derek Dietrich 2016 .308
76 78 Alfredo Marte 2015 .347
77 78 J.P. Arencibia 2012 .250
78 78 Cameron Maybin 2013 .158
79 78 Scott Van Slyke 2013 .285
80 78 David Murphy 2008 .262
81 78 Yan Gomes 2014 .283
82 78 Luis Terrero 2006 .195
83 78 Sean Rodriguez 2011 .251
84 78 Jesus Montero 2016 .000 DNP
85 78 James Ramsey 2016 .000 DNP
86 78 Allen Craig 2011 .324
87 78 Mikie Mahtook 2016 .184
88 77 Kole Calhoun 2014 .293
89 77 Dexter Fowler 2012 .278
90 77 Ryan Raburn 2007 .267
91 77 Keon Broxton 2016 .278
92 77 Travis Buck 2010 .197
93 77 Brady Shoemaker 2013 .000 DNP
94 77 John-Ford Griffin 2006 .000 DNP
95 77 Josh Fields 2009 .221
96 77 Mark Trumbo 2012 .287
97 77 Marvin Lowrance 2011 .000 DNP
98 77 Nate Schierholtz 2010 .255
99 77 Matt Joyce 2011 .300
100 77 Charlie Blackmon 2013 .273

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .250 .368 .406 .253
11 vs R (Multi) .301 .372 .526 .289
18 Split (Multi) .051 .004 .120 .035
19 LgAvg (Multi) .020 .029 .071 .031
30 vs L (2016) .250 .368 .406 .253
31 vs R (2016) .301 .372 .526 .289
38 Split (2016) .051 .004 .120 .035
39 LgAvg (2016) .020 .028 .073 .031

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Due to publishing agreements, the 2017 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2017 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2016 Naquin has one standout tool—a 70-grade arm—which would be enough if he were a pitching prospect. Instead, the former Aggie will need to rely on other skills to separate himself from the Trevor Crowes and Travis Bucks of past Cleveland outfields. While he has barreled minor-league pitching and lifted his walk rate to a solid 11 percent last year, his level swing plane robs him of in-game power and underscores his lack of other standout tools. If he can break free of the “jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none” stigma and perform when he gets a shot in the bigs, his rifle arm will be more exclamation point than consolatory at-least-he's-got-a...
2015 Naquin silenced critics for a second straight year in 2014 with a strong showing with both the bat and the glove. Naquin makes good contact via solid bat speed and an ability to track pitches well. He doesn't have the natural lift for over-the-fence power but he can attack the gaps and hit his share of doubles. Naquin's loudest tool is his arm, rating plus-plus. It's a weapon and it should be a tremendous asset in center. This might also make you think "right field," but he doesn't have the power to carry a first-division profile in a corner, so his upside takes a big hit if he has to move.
2014 The 15th overall choice in the 2012 draft drew lots of rants and few raves, but the outfielder muzzled skeptics by performing well in the pitcher-friendly Carolina League. The Texas A&M product lacks impact tools and is often pegged as a tweener, but the Indians believe his above-average speed, reliable reads and plus arm will play in center field, lessening the pressure on his bat. As an up-the-middle defender, Naquin could get by with gap power, though he must improve his walk rate and cut down on his strikeouts to hit at the top of the order. A move to either corner would render him a second-division player, one unworthy of selection ahead of Aggies teammate Michael Wacha, who went to the Cardinals four picks later.
2013 Some were shocked to see the Indians grab Naquin in the middle of the first round last year, higher than expected. Such a high draft position puts the onus on the player to live up to the expectations inherent in the slot. Naquins best tools enhance his defensive game with a great arm and above-average speed, and yet there is concern about whether he can become a legitimate center fielder. Without question, his offensive profile plays best in center because he simply doesnt have the power for a corner-outfield role. On the right team, one loaded with power at other positions, perhaps Naquin could pass in right since he has the arm for it.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2016-12-01 19:00:00 (link to chat)Standard 16 team mixed roto league, who do you prefer out of Naquin, Jorge Polanco, Kuhl or Lugo next season?
(Anthonyb from Ottawa)
I'd take Tyler Naquin, but none of these names is inspiring. (Mike Gianella)
2016-09-27 21:00:00 (link to chat)When Tyler Naquin's good luck on balls in play normalizes, what can we expect from the Indians CF? Is he a start MLB CF or a 4th OF?
(Cole Whittier from Pasadena, CA)
Neither of those things, I don't think. How about a slightly underpowered corner outfielder? Not a long-term CF defender. But I think the pure hitting ability is good enough to keep him in lineups. (Matthew Trueblood)
2016-08-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)Any chance the Tribe give Tyler Naquin the full time gig in CF? If not now, then in 2017?
(Paul from DC)
Well, he's on the good side of a platoon, so he's most of the way to a starting gig already. Rajai Davis is a nice righty-hitting caddy for as long as Cleveland has him, but I think they'll give Naquin an everyday shot as soon as Davis is no longer a part of their organization. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Tyler Naquin a keeper, or will there be too much regression. I'm committed to him for the ROS, but unsure of his long-term value. Thanks.
(Go Tribe from Fayetteville)
If we're talking fantasy, and we're talking like a normal keeper league without crazy depth, I'd probably look for other options. He was projected to be kind of an okay fourth outfielder (real baseball, not fantasy). There's a confluence of factors that make me think he's headed for serious regression (30% strikeout rate, 30% HR/FB rate, .424 BABIP), but he could be a solid second-division starter or fourth outfielder in real life. In fantasy? I'd look for someone else, if possible. (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-08-15 22:00:00 (link to chat)Prefer Corey Dickerson or Tyler Naquin - ROS and keeper?
(AJ from Ottawa)
I'll take Naquin ROS. He's hit well over his head, but he's also made very real adjustments to unlock nascent power and play more to the strengths of his swing this year. Tough call for keeper, I might still lean Dickerson. This has been a year full of adjustment, bad luck, and battle against many more shifts in a much worse ballpark. He's produced god-awful numbers on balls in play against secondary stuff this year after handling off-speed stuff and benders just fine in his career leading up to this year. I'd need more evidence that that's a new norm if I'm giving up on him at 27.

Big up the Champion called Allyson Felix. You take the medal crown from Jackie Joyner-Kersee, you've had a good day, regardless of whether it feels that way.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF6dTAhdOuA (Wilson Karaman)
2016-04-14 20:00:00 (link to chat)Are you bullish any of these young platoon outfielders become complete players in the next 2 years? Aaron Hicks, Trayce Thompson, Anthony Gose, Adam Duvall, Avisail Garcia, Tyler Naquin?
(Yes Cheese from Yep)
Absolutely no, never, not gonna happen on Avisail Garcia. I don't think he turns into anything. I'd be surprised if Trayce Thompson turns into a decent everyday player at the MLB level, too. I think Gose is a platoon player, although he's on the good side of the platoon and plays excellent defense, so he could get a little more playing time by virtue of his defense. I don't think Adam Duval will ever be a legit starter on a decent team. Naquin could get more run than most players with his offensive profile due to his glove and the lack of options in CF in Cleveland for the time being. I like Hicks, though. I'm not sure Hicks will ever be a complete player, but he's the best bet of this group. The twins really jerked him around, though, and it hurt his development, maybe irreparably. His glove and arm will give him a lot more chances to figure it out than most outfielders, though. (Scooter Hotz)
2013-11-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)How has Tyler Naquin looked so far? Legit starting OF?
(Mike from Georgia)
I think the profile is more fourth outfielder given the lack of pop. He needs to hit a bunch because even if he sticks in center he doesn't project to plus value there, and the power is limited. That means he needs to be above-average in the hit tool with additional value coming from on-base ability and baserunning. He'll add value via kills in the outfield, given his arm strength, provided he smooths out his decision making. (Nick J. Faleris)


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