I mean, wasn’t Brady Aiken, last year’s #1 overall pick, a bargain? He went 17th overall. (That is what we were suggesting the Marlins do with their pick.)
Yet, just take a look at this:
Now what do you think?
At 15, Naylor (@JoshNaylor44) was hitting 400 foot bombs at Marlins Park. Sure, he was using the metal bat thingy and not wood like the pros. (He did use a wooden bat though and was able to produce a 400 footer.) But he was also doing this with BP speed pitching – this is a demonstration in raw power.
This guy is a budding celebrity in Canada. Don’t think so? Read more from the Toronto Sun. He was trying out for the Ontario Blue Jays at age 12. He has a lot of international experience, all of which has been impressive. Naylor is, quite possibly, the best power hitting prospect produced by Canada ever. Not saying he is Babe Ruth north of the border, but he is a lefty with a big appetite. That has to count for something.
He has a very repeatable and easy swing. Compact with lots of power. He has a decent arm with accuracy from the outfield, probably best suited to playing RF, but will most likely be groomed as a first baseman. The Marlins are in need of some hitting prospects and Naylor provides just that. Viosergy Rosa has struggled this year despite a boom in production last year; KJ Woods still has some growth potential. Naylor is a guy whose bat will determine where he lands. Sure, we heard this with Colin Moran last year, who was then quickly dealt in the Cosart deal with the Astros. With Naylor though, there is a very tangible skill set that can easily be measured and quantified – home run power. He looks like a bat that will play quickly to the MLB level.