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Josh Naylor

#22 | 1B/RF/DH
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Josh Naylor
Name: Joshua-Douglas James Naylor
Born: Jun 22, 1997 in Mississauga, ON Canada
High School: St. Joan of Arc Catholic SS, Mississauga, Ontario
Ht.: 5'11" / Wt.: 250 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
Drafted in the 1st round (12th overall) by the Miami Marlins in 2015 (signed for $2,200,000)
The value of power in today's game is higher than it has been in quite some time, allowing players like Josh Naylor to really stick out. Like Demi Orimoloye, Naylor has a long track record as a member of both the Canadian Junior National Team and the Ontario Blue Jays. He erupted onto the national scouting scene at a very early age and has been famous since his early high school days, as he often played with older prospects. He has elite bat speed and power, but with a thick body that lacks projection, Naylor is a first-base only prospect, putting a lot of pressure on his lefthanded bat. His best tool is his plus-plus raw power, which allows him to shine in a batting practice session, though he showed some swing-and-miss last summer. He can get pull happy, as he often extends early and punishes baseballs before they get deep into the hitting zone. While Naylor has an above-average arm, his lack of foot speed limits him first base. There are some questions about his maturity, but Naylor is a likeable kid who gets along with teammates well. He is committed to Texas Tech.
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