Josh Naylor

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Josh Naylor
Josh Naylor Tournament12 (cropped).jpg
Naylor in 2014
San Diego Padres – No. 22
First baseman / Outfielder
Born: (1997-06-22) June 22, 1997 (age 22)
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
May 24, 2019, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
(through September 10, 2019)
Batting average.250
Home runs7
Runs batted in29
Teams

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.

Career[edit]

Amateur career[edit]

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.[1][2] He won the bronze medal at the 2014 Under-18 Baseball World Cup,[3] and competed in the 2015 Under-18 Baseball World Cup.[4]

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.[5][6] He finished in second place.[2] 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.[7]

Naylor was committed to enroll at Texas Tech University to play college baseball for the Texas Tech Red Raiders baseball team.[8] 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.[9]

Professional career[edit]

The Miami Marlins selected Naylor in the first round, with the 12th overall selection, of the 2015 Major League Baseball draft.[10][11] 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.[12][13] 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.[14] In June he was suspended without pay after accidentally injuring teammate Stone Garrett with a knife.[15] He was selected to appear in the 2016 All-Star Futures Game.[16]

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.[17] 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.[18]

Naylor played for Team Canada in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.[19] He began the 2017 season with Lake Elsinore.[20] The Padres promoted him to the San Antonio Missions of the Class AA Texas League in July.[21] Naylor finished 2017 with a combined .280 average with ten home runs and 64 RBIs between both clubs.[22] He returned to San Antonio in 2018, and began playing as an outfielder.[23]

Naylor opened the 2019 season with the El Paso Chihuahuas of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.[24]

On May 24, 2019, Naylor was called up to the San Diego Padres.[25] He made his major league debut that night versus the Toronto Blue Jays.

Player profile[edit]

Naylor is 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighs 225 pounds (102 kg).[2] He profiles as a power hitter,[4] and Greg Hamilton, the coach of the Canadian national junior team, described Naylor's hitting approach as "advanced."[26]

Personal life[edit]

Naylor is the eldest of three sons born to Chris and Jenice Naylor[27] in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. His brother Noah was drafted in the first round of the 2018 MLB draft by the Cleveland Indians.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Future looks bright for young baseball star". The Mississauga News. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Josh Naylor loses Junior Home Run Derby". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. July 15, 2014. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  3. ^ "Baseball Canada – Naylor, Orimoloye named High School All-Americans". baseball.ca. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Naylor, Orimoloye among Canada's best youth players". Toronto Blue Jays. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  5. ^ "Mississauga's Josh Naylor selected for home run derby". The Mississauga News. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  6. ^ John Lott (July 14, 2014). "Canadian Josh Naylor gets berth in junior home run derby as part of MLB All-Star Game festivities". National Post. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  7. ^ Rogers Digital Media. "CBN: Teenage star Naylor puts Canada on map". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  8. ^ Colpitts, Iain (October 23, 2014). "Naylor commits to Texas Tech". The Mississauga News. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  9. ^ "Canada's baseball future on display". Toronto Sun. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  10. ^ "Lefty slugger Josh Naylor is top pick for Marlins in draft". The Miami Herald. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  11. ^ Rogers Digital Media. "Naylor soon to become household Canadian name". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  12. ^ Frisario, Joe (June 13, 2015). "First-rounder visits Miami, hits 'em out in BP: Naylor, drafted 12th overall on Monday, reaches second deck in first action at future home". MLB.com. Retrieved June 14, 2015.
  13. ^ De Nicola, Christina (July 2, 2015). "Marlins sign 12th pick of First-Year Player Draft Josh Naylor". FOX Sports Florida. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  14. ^ "Marlins prospect Isael Soto back with Grasshoppers after knee injury last season | Sports". greensboro.com. April 5, 2016. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  15. ^ Mills, Jeff (June 6, 2016). "Prank gone wrong costs Grasshoppers two top prospects". Greensboro News & Record. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  16. ^ Mills, Jeff (June 28, 2016). "Grasshoppers slugger Josh Naylor picked to play in All-Star Futures Game". Greensboro News & Record. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  17. ^ "Padres acquire four players from Miami Marlins in seven-player trade". MLB.com (Press release). July 29, 2016. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
  18. ^ "Naylor comfortable in first Padres camp". MiLB.com. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  19. ^ "WBC an education for Padres minor leaguers". The San Diego Union-Tribune. July 13, 2017. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  20. ^ "Josh Naylor dominating in return to Cal League". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  21. ^ "Cal Quantrill, Josh Naylor promoted to San Antonio". The San Diego Union-Tribune. July 13, 2017. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  22. ^ "Josh Naylor Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  23. ^ "Naylor leaves yard twice for Missions". MiLB.com. May 23, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  24. ^ Felix F. Chávez (April 5, 2019). "El Paso Chihuahuas outfielder Josh Naylor one to watch out for this season". El Paso Times. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  25. ^ Matt Hornick (May 24, 2019). "Mississauga native Josh Naylor to make MLB debut for Padres in Canada". Sporting News. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  26. ^ Toman, Chris (September 22, 2013). "Naylor, Orimoloye impressing at Tournament 12". MLB.com. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  27. ^ "Big Time Power Hitting '15 Josh Naylor Breaks Down Past, Present and Future". Prep Baseball Report. October 16, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  28. ^ Melissa Couto (July 12, 2017). "Naylor brothers Josh, Noah rising on MLB radar | Toronto Star". Thestar.com. Retrieved April 9, 2018.

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