Mississauga baseball star knocking on door of Major Leagues, but may have to wait

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Published March 6, 2023 at 3:59 pm

Josh Naylor, left, is congratulated by brother Bo Naylor after hitting a three-run home run during 2022 MLB action. (Photo: Getty Images/Ron Schwane)

Mississauga’s Bo Naylor has nothing left to prove in professional baseball’s minor leagues, but he’ll likely still wait a while before making the jump to the Major Leagues for good.

The athletic 6-foot, 205-pound catcher, among the top prospects at that position, and overall, in all of baseball, was part of some history last fall when he made his Major League Baseball debut with the Cleveland Guardians, joining big brother Josh, a slugging first baseman/outfielder, in the lineup.

Bo Naylor, 22, did well in his MLB audition, but with the Guardians’ signing this off-season of veteran catcher Mike Zunino to handle starting duties, his return to the big leagues for good has been delayed–but likely only by a few months, if that.

The only catcher in the minor leagues last year to smack 20 home runs and steal 20 bases, the St. Joan of Arc Secondary School (Mississauga) grad will play for Canada at this month’s World Baseball Classic before returning to the Guardians for the remainder of spring training.

The MLB regular season starts March 31, but Bo Naylor is expected to be back in the minors by then.

But not for too long.

The Mississauga siblings are both former first-round picks in MLB’s annual first-year player draft, and the Naylor family isn’t done making baseball history just yet.

Bo and Josh, 25, may in the near future be joined by a third brother, 17-year-old Myles. He’s the No. 62 prospect on MLB.com’s list of top 100 prospects for this summer’s 2023 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

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