Josh Naylor

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Joshua-Douglas James Naylor

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First baseman Josh Naylor was selected by the Miami Marlins in the first round of the 2015 amateur draft with the 12th overall pick. He made his pro debut that summer with the GCL Marlins, hitting .327 in 25 games. He had hit .484/.556/.903 for Canada in the 2015 U-18 Baseball World Cup and was named the All-Star first baseman.

He has a reputation as someone who likes playing practical jokes and pranks, but that proved costly in June of 2016 when he injured teammate and fellow prospect Stone Garrett in a prank that involved a knife. While full details were not released by the Marlins, the end result was that Garrett had to have stitches and suffered nerve damage in his thumb requiring surgery. Naylor was suspended for one game for his role in the affair. On the field, he was selected to play in the 2016 Futures Game as part of the World team, the on July 29th, he was traded to the San Diego Padres as part of a seven-played blockbuster deal that brought starting pitchers Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea to Miami.

He was a member of the Canadian national team for the 2017 World Baseball Classic, although he saw little action with Freddie Freeman starting at first base and Justin Morneau playing DH. He returned to the Futures Game in 2017, again as a member of the World team. In 2018, the Padres switched him from first base to the outfield after signing Eric Hosmer to a long-term free agent contract, locking up the position for the foreseeable future. He played 128 games for the San Antonio Missions of the AA Texas League that year, hitting .297/.383/.447 with 17 homers and 74 RBIs.

He got to make his debut in his hometown as he was called up to the majors on May 24, 2019 with the Padres on the road against the Toronto Blue Jays. He went 0 for 4 as the designated hitter in a 6-3 win. The next day, he started in right field and collected his first major league hit in the 1st inning, an RBI double off Edwin Jackson. He collected two more hits before the end of the day as the Padres won handily, 19-4. He split his time between left field and right field the rest of the way, hitting .249 in 94 games, with 8 homers, 29 runs and 32 RBIs. The Padres had a very crowded outfield, as he had to fight for playing time with Manuel Margot, Hunter Renfroe, Franmil Reyes and Wil Myers, all of whom got regular playing time, not to mention Alex Dickerson, Nick Martini and Travis Jankowski, who appeared in the majors, and prospects knocking at the door like Edward Olivares and Taylor Trammell. The Padres began dealing away some of the surplus, with Margot, Renfroe and Reyes all leaving in separate deals, but two other outfielders in Tommy Pham and Trent Grisham joined the ranks as part of the shuffle. So Josh was still fighting for playing time at the start of 2020, only appearing in 18 games over the first five weeks, and hitting .278 with 1 homer and 4 RBIs. The Padres were a much improved team and as the trading deadline loomed, began to make deals to address areas of weakness. Both Olivares and Trammell were used as trade chips, and on August 31st, Josh joined them when he was sent to the Cleveland Indians alongside C Austin Hedges, P Cal Quantrill and three top prospects - Gabriel Arias, Owen Miller and Joey Cantillo - to obtain ace P Mike Clevinger and OF Greg Allen.

Naylor made his debut for the Indians on the day of the trade, making an out as a pinch-hitter.

His younger brother, Noah Naylor, was selected 29th overall in the 2018 amateur draft.

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