Naylor comes in as 6th Prospect with Guardians
Last but certainly not least in our Top 30 Prospects another Ontario Blue Jays alumnus, Mississauga-native, catcher Bo Naylor of the Cleveland Guardians.
Naylor was selected in the 1st Round, 29th Overall by the (then) Indians in the 2018 MLB First-Year Players Draft. Bo grew up playing for the Mississauga North Tigers before transitioning to the Ontario Blue Jays. Bo spent his OBJ career as a mainstay behind the plate and as a leader both on and off the field for each team he played for. Following in his brother footstep, Bo joined the Canadian Junior National Team competing across the World and representing his country.
Per MLB.com: Naylor has a quick left-handed stroke and good feel for the barrel, which should allow him to hit for both average and power. His bat speed and strength helped him rank fifth in the low Class A Midwest League with 39 extra-base hits in his first full pro season in 2019, and he showed off more speed than most catchers by leading the MWL with 10 triples. For now, he'll stay behind the plate because his receiving has been better than advertised. Though he threw out 37 percent of base stealers in 2019.
After attending his first MLB Spring Training this past year, Bo headed up to Akron to join the RubberDucks for his third professional season. Bo got behind the plate in 87 games, collecting 59 hits including 13 doubles, a triple, 10 home runs adding 44 RBIs along the way. If that wasn't enough, Naylor finished his season by getting the game winning hit in the Double-A Northeast Championship Series to cap of an incredible year.