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Indians sign No. 15 pick Tyler Naquin for $1.75 million

Jun 15, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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Cleveland and first-round pick Tyler Naquin have agreed to a $1.75 million deal that’s substantially below the slot figure of $2.25 million for the 15th overall pick, according to Jim Callis of Baseball America.

Naquin was the second college hitter off the board after Florida catcher Mike Zunino at No. 3 overall and by signing him below slot the Indians can potentially invest that $500,000 savings in another pick with more leverage.

An outfielder from Texas A&M with a strong arm and big batting averages, Naquin ranked as the 25th-best player in the class on Baseball America‘s list but rated just 42nd according to ESPN.com.

  1. rollinghighwayblues - Jun 15, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    To say Naquin has a strong arm is a complete understatement. I cannot explain the way the ball explodes from his hand when he’s in RF. He easily shuts down runners hoping to tag up.

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