Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tyler Naquin could also give the Colorado Rockies an outfield bat
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tyler Naquin also could provide the Colorado Rockies a bat in the outfield.
Naquin, who turns 31 a few weeks after Opening Day, played in 127 games for the Reds in 2021 and he had 24 doubles, 19 homers, and 70 RBI. He hit .270/.333/.477 and had an OPS+ of 105.
The thing with Naquin is that, ideally, he would be a bench bat.
Before 2021, the only time he played in more than 100 games in a season was in 2016, which was his rookie season with Cleveland. Additionally, since his rookie season, he has only had one season with an OPS+ above 76 was in 2019, when in 89 games for Cleveland, he had an OPS+ of 103.
Defensively, at least in 2020 and 2021, he was not great as he had -9 DRS. However, he had good defensive numbers from 2017 through 2019. He can also play all three outfield spots.
So, he has his pros and cons but if you look at his most comparable players, the player that’s #2 is the aforementioned David Dahl and when you look at their stats, they are very comparable.
Naquin beats Dahl in the career OPS+ department (101 to 95) but Dahl has had higher highs than Naquin. Both are average defensive outfielders with a few seasons above average and a few seasons below. Neither one of them has had a ton of experience playing in 100+ games in a season.
However, Naquin doesn’t have the upside that Dahl does when he’s healthy. But Naquin has been healthier than Dahl.
Naquin is entering his final season of arbitration.