After years of rejection, Daniel Nava is finally getting his shot at the affiliated minors, and he has a new team to root for during the World Series.
Daniel Nava, Baseball America’s No. 1 independent leagues prospect, has signed a contract with the Red Sox. He will report to the Red Sox spring training next March. The rookie outfielder was named the Golden Baseball League’s Most Valuable Player after leading the league in batting (.371) and on-base percentage (.475) while also ranking among the top 10 in virtually every other league offensive category. He helped lead the Chico Outlaws to the league title.
The standout season was a further step in what has been a long climb to get noticed. He was cut during walk-on tryouts at Santa Clara in 2003 so he went to junior college where he hit better than .400 for two seasons. He returned to Santa Clara for his senior season where he led the West Coast Conference in multiple categories and was named to the league’s all-conference team.
Nava is a switch-hitter with power from both sides, a tick above-average foot speed and a strong arm in the outfield. He likely will play a corner outfield spot in the Red Sox system.