Unfazed by debuting at a new level on the opening day of the Midwest League playoffs, the first-round Draft pick just took everything in stride.
Naquin went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, a walk and two runs scored out of the No. 9 spot in the lineup Wednesday as the Indians' Class A affiliate held on for a 5-4 victory over Bowling Green in Game 1 of the best-of-3 playoff series.
"I was with the [Mahoning Valley] Scrappers after we had played in Jamestown and Joe Wendle and I got called to the manager's office," Naquin said. "He [Ted Kubiak] told us to pack up our stuff and be at the Red Roof Inn at 12 o'clock because we were going up to Lake County. Both of us were really excited.
"It's nerve-wracking going into a new clubhouse in street clothes when everyone else is ready to work out ... but to be honest, when I got into the box tonight, everything was pretty calm."
Drafted 15th overall in June, Naquin doubled to right field in the second inning and scored a one-out double by Francisco Lindor, MLB.com's No. 25 overall prospect. The 21-year-old outfielder walked and scored in the third before leading off the fifth with another double and striking out in the seventh.
"Overall, it was good," Naquin said. "As a whole, the team played very well. The only thing they had going was in the first inning when they had the bases loaded. That was the only spark they had.
"It was unbelievable, it was like a playoff atmosphere. There weren't a whole lot of fans there, but you don't play for them, you play for your teammates. It was a great experience and I look forward to being able to produce and help the team win a championship."
The Texas A&M product batted .270 with 13 extra-base hits -- 11 doubles and two triples -- and 13 RBIs in 36 games with the short-season Scrappers in the New York-Penn League. He stole four bases, scored 22 runs and drew 17 walks while striking out 26 times.
Jerrud Sabourin contributed three hits and an RBI in Wednesday's series opener, Bryson Myles reached base four times and Lindor doubled twice, drove in two runs and scored twice.
Rays' No. 7 prospect Drew Vettleson was 3-for-5 with a run scored for the Hot Rods, who got two hits and three RBIs from Cameron Seitzer.
Game 2 is Thursday at Bowling Green.
In other Midwest League action:
Fort Wayne, 5 Lansing 2
Cleanup hitter Travis Whitmore tripled, doubled and plated a run, while Tyler Stubblefield went 3-for-4 with a homer and two runs scored in the TinCaps' series-opening win.
Leadoff hitter Travis Jankowski collected two hits and two RBIs in support of James Needy, who struck out seven over five innings for Fort Wayne.
Noah Syndergaard, the Blue Jays' top pitching prospect, took the loss after yielding three runs on six hits over four innings. Lugnuts first baseman KC Hobson was 3-for-5 with an RBI double. Box score
Beloit 8, Clinton 6
The visiting Snappers scored twice to snap a ninth-inning tie and take the first game of the best-of-3 first-round series in Clinton.
Eddie Rosario, the Twins' No. 3 prospect, had three hits and three RBIs, while Drew Leachman went 3-for-3 for Beloit. Adam Pettersen led off the ninth with a single and came home on a wild pitch to give the Snappers a 7-6 lead.
Dillon Hazlett homered twice and Daniel Paolini was 3-for-5 for the LumberKings, who are facing elimination after running away with the Western Division second-half title. Box score
Burlington 4, Wisconsin 0
Tanner Peters gave up two hits and struck out six over seven innings as the Bees blanked the Timber Rattlers in Game 1 of their first-round series.
Peters, a 2011 16th-round Draft pick, was 2-6 with a 3.28 ERA across two levels during the regular season. But he allowed only three baserunners and retired the final 18 Timber Rattlers.
Bobby Crocker slugged a two-run homer and Maxwell Muncy and Royce Consiglli each chipped in two hits for Burlington, who had lost six straight entering the playoffs.
Wisconsin starter Jacob Barnes was charged with four runs -- three earned -- on six hits and two walks over six innings. Box score