Naquin was added to the 40-man roster Friday. Naquin had a terrific start at Double-A in 2015, slashing .348/.419/.468 before earning his first promotion to the Triple-A level. He could get his first shot at the majors in 2016, serving as an extra outfielder.
The Indians made another round of cuts on Tuesday, trimming their major-league spring training roster down to 54. The team optioned Shawn Armstrong, Charles Brewer, Giovanny Urshela to Triple-A. Cody Anderson, Ryan Merritt and Tony Wolters were all optioned to Double-A, and Jake Lowery, Tyler Naquin, Will Roberts and Jordan Smith were all reassigned to minor-league camp.
Stud shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor headlined a group of 12 Indians reassigned to minor league camp on Wednesday. Lindor will likely open the season at Double-A Akron, but could be promoted to Triple-A quickly thereafter. Other notable prospects sent down were outfielders Tyler Naquin and Carlos Moncrief, first baseman Jesus Aguilar, catcher Tony Wolters and pitcher Austin Adams.
Indians outfield prospect Tyler Naquin, who was the team's first-round pick in 2012, will be in camp this spring as a non-roster invite. It will be a chance for the team and fans to see his how he's progressing after making a change last season to his setup in the batter's box. "He's not that different than what we drafted," Indians vice president of player development Ross Atkins told MLB.com. "We're more encouraged based on his open-mindedness. He came to us wanting to put himself in a more powerful position, then did it in-season. This is a guy who had success, and we didn't ask him to do it. He can be more consistent in that position. "It's less about the adjustment but more about his mindset and his perseverance that's most encouraging. He was open, willing and did it in season is the skill we're more encouraged by."
The Indians announced Wednesday they invited six players to spring training as non-roster invites. Among the players receiving invites were shortstop Francisco Lindor, who is considered the team's top prospect by Baseball America, and outfielder Tyler Naquin, who is considered the Indians' fourth-best prospect. The remaining players receiving invites were catcher Jake Lowery, catcher Roberto Perez, infielder Joey Wendle and catcher Tony Wolters.
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