Marlins sign 12th pick of First-Year Player Draft Josh Naylor
The Miami Marlins officially announced the signing of Josh Naylor, the 12th pick in last month’s First-Year Player Draft, on Thursday night.
Naylor turned 18 years old and graduated from St. Joan of Arc Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, last week. Reports circulated over the weekend about both sides reaching an agreement over a $2.25 million signing bonus.
As the 12th overall selection, Naylor became the highest Canadian position player in draft history. He played first base and outfield for the Canadian Junior National team and the Ontario Blue Jays over the past four years. In the fall of 2013 and 2014, he hit .449 with 23 doubles, 15 homers and 62 RBI in 56 games against Division I and II programs.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder visited Marlins Park on June 13 and took batting practice with the team, hitting five homers into the upper deck. He had committed to play college ball at Texas Tech.
Naylor will be assigned to the Gulf Coast Marlins, a rookie level minor-league club based in Jupiter, Florida.
Miami also announced the signings of University of North Carolina right-hander Reilly Hovis (ninth round) and Rhode Island college catcher Matthew Foley (40th round). The Marlins have signed 30 of the 40 players, including their top 15 picks.