With the 12th overall pick in MLB First Year Player Draft, the Miami Marlins selected Josh Naylor out of Canada. Naylor, an 18-year-old power hitting first baseman was the highest picked player in MLB history to be drafted out of Canada. Naylor stands at 6 feet, 1 inch and he weighs 225 pounds. He throws lefty and also bats lefty.
At age 15, Naylor made the Canadian Junior National Baseball Team and won a silver medal at U18 Baseball World Cup. He has shown very impressive power, hitting 440 foot and 453 foot home runs at Marlins’ Park years ago. In 2014, Naylor was one of ten invited to the MLB Junior Home Run Derby. He finished in second. As well, Naylor also played in the Perfect Game All-American Classic and the Under Armor All-America Game. Before being drafted, Naylor was a Texas Tech commit.
Going into the draft, MLB.com had rated Josh as the 59th best ranked prospect going into the draft. His scouting grade for power going into the draft was rated 65 out of 80, meaning he had one of the best power ratings in the entire draft.
On draft night the Marlins picked him 12th overall. Not only was the world shocked, Naylor was too. He eventually signed professionally on June 25th with a 2.25 million dollar signing bonus, and was later assigned to the rookie-level Gulf Coast League team. He currently has a slash line of .333/.355/.367 in seven games. In 31 plate appearances Naylor has 10 hits, 2 runs, a double, a walk, and a strike out. If he reaches his potential, Naylor could have David Ortiz power.
Now to the interview, but first I would like to thank Josh for taking his time out of his busy schedule to talk to me.
BS: When and how did you find out that you were drafted by the Marlins 12th overall?
Naylor: I was sitting on my couch at my house with my mother, father, two brothers, and both grandmas watching the draft live and I heard my name called by the Marlins. It was day that changed my life forever and I am forever thankful for my parents who gave me gifts that they did.
BS: Did you know ahead of time the Marlins were going to draft you or was it a surprise?
Naylor: It was a total surprise. I am just so thankful they did and will work my hardest so I can play with the Miami Marlins one day.
BS: Did you have an indication that the Marlins or another team were going to draft you in the first round?
Naylor: Honestly I didn’t know what team would pick me, I believe any team would of been a blessing but I am so glad the Marlins picked me.
BS: What are your goals at the Gulf Coast League level?
Naylor: Play my best, take advantage of the coach’s ideas and thoughts and just get better everyday because that will help me move up quicker.
BS: What are your plans during the off season to prepare you for the next level?
Naylor: Keep working hard and grinding everyday.
Thanks again Josh for doing this interview. You guys can follow him at @JoshNaylor44