When are the Indians going to give Tyler Naquin a chance to just take over the starting center field spot? This question got be wondering after the Indians sent him down today to make room for rookie starting pitcher Mike Clevinger, who will make his MLB debut tonight against the Reds.
Now I get it, he is still a rookie who has only been in the MLB for two months but the way the Indians are projected to use him is interesting.
My other concern is again wasting a first round pick (Naquin) just to be the Indians' 4th or 5th outfielder for the next 5-7 years. Now I know having someone like him is valuable for depth on the 25 man roster but with the way guys like Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier have progressed it seems that Naquin might be the odd man out. Now this is not saying Naquin is better than those two but with Frazier and Zimmer progressing as quickly as they are and with youth on their side this year might be the only real chance Naquin gets to become a starter.
I get the Cleveland Indians are known for their patients while developing young players but at what point can they just take a chance? Instead of watching a converted outfielder who has a career .258 BA. play 5x a week, why not let Naquin develop on the fly in Cleveland?