Naylor in 2014
|San Diego Padres – No. 22|
|First baseman / Outfielder|
|Born: June 22, 1997|
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
|May 24, 2019, for the San Diego Padres|
|MLB statistics |
(through September 10, 2019)
|Runs batted in||29|
Joshua-Douglas James Naylor (born June 22, 1997) is a Canadian professional baseball first baseman and outfielder for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was the 12th overall selection in the 2015 MLB draft.
Naylor attended St. Joan of Arc Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario. He made the Canadian junior national baseball team at the age of 15, winning the silver medal at the Under-18 Baseball World Cup held in South Korea in 2012. He won the bronze medal at the 2014 Under-18 Baseball World Cup, and competed in the 2015 Under-18 Baseball World Cup.
In 2014, Naylor was chosen as one of the ten high school invitees to the MLB Junior Select Home Run Derby during the MLB All-Star Week at Target Field, becoming the first Canadian to participate in the event. He finished in second place. Later in 2014, he appeared in the Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park and the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game at Wrigley Field.
Naylor was committed to enroll at Texas Tech University to play college baseball for the Texas Tech Red Raiders baseball team. In 2015, Perfect Game ranked Naylor among the top 50 available prospects available in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft, and he made Baseball America's High School All-American first team.
The Miami Marlins selected Naylor in the first round, with the 12th overall selection, of the 2015 Major League Baseball draft. He signed with the Marlins after his June 25 graduation from St. Joan of Arc for a reported signing bonus of $2.25 million, and was assigned to the Gulf Coast Marlins of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League for his professional debut. Naylor played in 25 total games for the Marlins posting a .327 batting average with one home run and 16 RBIs.
Naylor began the 2016 season with the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the Class A South Atlantic League. In June he was suspended without pay after accidentally injuring teammate Stone Garrett with a knife. He was selected to appear in the 2016 All-Star Futures Game.
On July 29, 2016, the Marlins traded Naylor, Carter Capps, Jarred Cosart, and Luis Castillo to the San Diego Padres for Andrew Cashner, Colin Rea, Tayron Guerrero, and cash considerations. Naylor was assigned to the Lake Elsinore Storm of the Class A-Advanced California League. In 122 games between the Grasshoppers and the Storm, Naylor batted .264 with 12 home runs and 75 runs batted in.
Naylor played for Team Canada in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. He began the 2017 season with Lake Elsinore. The Padres promoted him to the San Antonio Missions of the Class AA Texas League in July. Naylor finished 2017 with a combined .280 average with ten home runs and 64 RBIs between both clubs. He returned to San Antonio in 2018, and began playing as an outfielder.
Naylor is 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighs 225 pounds (102 kg). He profiles as a power hitter, and Greg Hamilton, the coach of the Canadian national junior team, described Naylor's hitting approach as "advanced."
Naylor is the eldest of three sons born to Chris and Jenice Naylor in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. His brother Noah was drafted in the first round of the 2018 MLB draft by the Cleveland Indians.
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