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Naquin earns fall league honor; Ramirez probably headed for surgery

By Sheldon Ocker Published: December 9, 2013

Minor league outfielder Tyler Naquin was named to the Arizona Fall League top prospects team after hitting .339 - good for eighth best in the prestigious prospect league.

 

The Indians’ top draft choice in 2012 915th overall) also led the league in hits (39) and runs (22).

 

Last season, Naquin, 22, batted .277 with nine home runs, 42 RBI and 54 runs scored in 108 games at high Class-A Carolina. Near the end of the season, he was promoted to Double-A Akron, where he hit .225 in 18 games with the Aeros.

 

* Double-A infielder Jose Ramirez is scheduled to have his left thumb examined by Dr. Thomas Graham at the Cleveland Clinic Wednesday. Ramirez injured his thumb while playing for Este in the Dominican Winter League.

 

Repairing the thumb likely will require surgery, which is expected to result in an eight-to-10 week recovery. However, Indians officials think Ramirez could be ready to play in spring training games.

 

Ramirez batted .272 with 27 RBI and 54 runs scored at Double-A during the regular season and then earned valuable playing in the big leagues as a September call up with the Indians.

 

He hit .287 with eight doubles and seven RBI in 101 at-bats in the DWL before suffereing the thumb injury.

 

                                                        

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