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Cleveland Indians OF prospect Tyler Naquin promoted to Triple-A

The former first-round pick is about to enter the highest levels he's been at in the minors.

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Tyler Naquin has been under a mound of pressure since being drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Indians in 2012. He's also been stuck at the Double-A level since he started there in his first season in the organization, but he's finally getting the call-up to the final hurdle before the majors.

Naquin saw an excellent 2014 campaign cut short by a broken wrist that he suffered chasing down a ball hit by Bryce Harper last June. When that injury happened he was slashing .313/.371/.424 with four home runs in 76 games. It was arguably his best season in the minors since being drafted, but thanks to his second metacarpal bone being broken in four places, he was sidelined for the rest of the year.

With the injury set back firmly behind him, Naquin has had a great season at the Double-A level this year, as he's sporting an impressive 151 wRC+. His .338 average leads the entire Indians organization, and its finally been deemed enough to get him a call-up to Triple-A to play for the Columbus Clippers and potentially work his way into the majors.

When he joins the Clippers for his first go-round in Triple-A he'll be splitting time in an already crowded outfield that also includes Jerry Sands, Tyler Holt, James Ramsey and Carlos Moncrief.

The 24-year-old was the first of the "big three" outfielders picked by Cleveland in the first round of consecutive drafts. Following Naquin being chosen 15th overall in 2012, Clint Frazier was drafted 5th overall in 2013, and Bradley Zimmer 21st overall in 2014. Naquin is rated as the #5 prospect in the Indians organization according to MLB Pipeline.