Tyler Wesley Naquin
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 190 lb.
- School Texas A&M University
- High School Klein Collins High School
- Debut April 5, 2016
Outfielder Tyler Naquin was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 33rd round of the 2009 amateur draft. He did not sign, opting to attend Texas A&M instead. He was then chosen by the Cleveland Indians in the first round of the 2012 amateur draft with the 15th overall pick. He made his pro debut with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on June 20th, going 3-for-4.
Naquin made the Indians' roster out of spring training in 2016 and made his debut as a pinch-hitter on Opening Day, April 5th, against the Boston Red Sox. He started the next day in center field and collected his first career hit, a single off Clay Buchholz in the 2nd inning. He quickly took over as the team's starting center fielder with Michael Brantley missing the start of the season with an injury and he hit an excellent .341 in April. In spite of that, he was optioned twice to the minor leagues in May, as Brantley was back, playing only 8 games for Cleveland during the month. He was back to stay on June 1st and had another outstanding month, hitting .338 with 14 extra-base hits (6 doubles, 3 triples and 5 homers) to be named the American League Rookie of the Month. He was one of the main contributors as Cleveland won its last 13 games of that month. He repeated as Rookie of the Month in July after batting .348 with 14 runs, 6 homers and 15 RBIs. He had back-to-back game-ending RBIs on August 18-19; the first came on a sacrifice fly as a pinch-hitter, but the second was truly spectacular, an inside-the-park walk-off homer against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays had entered the 9th with a 2-1 lead, but closer Roberto Osuna first coughed up a gopher ball to Jose Ramirez and Tyler followed with a drive that bounced off the top of the right-field fence out of the reach of RF Michael Saunders; CF Melvin Upton gave chase but Naquin dove head-first into home well ahead of the relay throw as Upton had fallen down while recovering the ball, losing more time.