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Tyler Naquin

Born: 04/24/1991 (Age: 23)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 195
Primary Position: CF
Secondary Position: RF
skinny, small frame; slim shoulders and size 28 waist (I’d bet on that); slender muscular build despite small frame; probably won’t add weight; durability could be an issue.
Evaluator CJ Wittmann
Report Date 05/02/2014
Dates Seen 4/18/14; 4/21-22/14
Affiliate Akron RubberDucks (AA, Indians)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2015 moderate 50 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 50 open stance start; hands are high above head to start then come to hitting position as pitch comes; uses hand load as a timing mechanism; much calmer load than last season, noticeable wrist wiggle is not there; plus bat speed; tracks pitches and spin deep into hitting zone; pulls hands to body before starting swing; linear swing path through hitting zone; natural bat-to-ball skills; attacks ball with hands and will use whole field; has a feel for strike zone; good approach; velocity concerns; can get tied up easily; plenty of swing and miss within strike zone; will expand the zone.
Power 30 plus bat speed but lacks natural lift; line driver hitter; will be plenty of 2Bs but limited HR power.
Baserunning/Speed 50 short strides; looks like he’s running on his heels; 4.22 range to 1B; gets out of box clean and accelerates; 2nd gear is average.
Glove 60 natural reactions off the bat; reads ball well off the bat; tracks ball well; routes are much more refined than last year; has speed and ability to cover gap-to-gap.
Arm 70 plus-plus arm strength; gets behind ball well and uses proper footwork; fast, clean release; accuracy is plus.

After seeing Naquin last year, I wasn’t a believer at all. His improvements to his swing have impressed though. The hard wrist wiggle is no longer there and he has made noticeable strides in approach and plate discipline. Naquin has improved with the glove and will be able to play CF at the highest level while having his arm as a weapon. Ultimately, I think Naquin could be a guy who will get on base often, steal some bags and play plus defense in CF.

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