Video: Mississauga slugger slams two homers in MLB game for first time

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Published July 27, 2023 at 10:31 am

Bo Naylor connects on his second home run of the game on Tuesday night, a two-run shot in the fifth inning. (Image: Cleveland Guardians Twitter)

With his first Major League Baseball hit and home run already tucked under his belt, Bo Naylor took things to another level on Tuesday night (July 25) in Cleveland.

The 23-year-old Mississauga native and rookie catcher for the Cleveland Guardians slammed two home runs in a 5-1 win over the visiting Kansas City Royals for his first multi-homer game in the big leagues.

Naylor crushed a solo shot in the third inning to give his club a 1-0 lead and his next time up belted a two-run homer in the fifth inning to extend the Guardians’ advantage.

His clutch homers (see videos below) are all the more impressive given that every game is crucial for the Guardians and their 2023 playoff hopes. While they’re only 51-51 on the season, the Guardians are just two games behind the Central Division-leading Minnesota Twins and in the thick of the American League playoff hunt.

The Twins feature MLB’s other Mississauga native, rookie pitcher Jordan Balazovic, on their roster.

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Naylor, a first-round draft pick of the Guardians back in 2018 out of St. Joan of Arc Secondary School in Mississauga, was the only catcher in the minor leagues last year to smack 20 home runs and steal 20 bases.

The athletic 6-foot, 205-pounder is hitting .211 with four home runs and 11 RBIs in 71 at-bats over 22 games so far this season.

His first MLB hit came on June 21 against the Oakland A’s and he recorded his first home run on June 28 in Kansas City against the Royals.

Meanwhile, Bo’s big brother and teammate Josh, who went 0-for-4 in Tuesday’s win over the Royals, is having a monster season for the Guardians.

Slugging first baseman Josh Naylor, 26, has 15 homers this season and finds himself among the AL leaders in batting (.302 avg.) and RBIs (76, tied for third).

Josh, also a first-round pick in the amateur draft (2015), has thrown in six stolen bases for good measure.

And the Naylors aren’t done yet producing MLB players.

Josh and Bo’s younger brother, Myles, 18, is also a star baseball player and was selected in the first round of the 2023 draft by the Oakland A’s.

The third baseman/shortstop, also a St. Joan of Arc grad, signed a rookie contract worth $2.2 million with the A’s in the days after the draft.

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