Naylor first Canadian selected in 2018 MLB Draft

 Junior National Team standout Noah (Bo) Naylor was selected in the first round of the MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians on Monday. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

Junior National Team standout Noah (Bo) Naylor was selected in the first round of the MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians on Monday. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

June 4, 2018

Naylor first Canadian selected in 2018 MLB Draft

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA- Mississauga’s Noah Naylor became the first Canadian taken in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft when the Cleveland Indians used their first-round pick, 29th overall, to nab the Junior National Team product.

Naylor joins his brother, Josh, who was a Miami Marlins first rounder (12th overall) in 2015, as the first Canadian brother duo to be selected in the first round of the MLB Draft.

In addition to his brother, Noah joins a list of first-round picks drafted directly out of the Junior National Team program that includes Scott Thorman (2000), Adam Loewen (2002), Phillippe Aumont (2007), Brett Lawrie (2008), Kellin Deglan (2010) and Mike Soroka (2015).  

Naylor, 18, joined the Junior National Team program in the fall of 2015 as a 15-year-old and just last month participated in the team’s annual Dominican Summer League Camp. In 2017 he represented Canada at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup and collected All-Star Third Base honours while helping Canada to a fourth place finish. Reaching the final round of the MLB High School Home Run Derby in Miami and representing Canada in the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field and the Perfect Game All-America Game at Petco Park highlighted his memorable 2017 season.

Naylor was the only Canadian selected on the first day of the draft that featured the first 78 selections. Rounds 3-10 go Tuesday beginning at 1 p.m. ET before the draft concludes on Wednesday with rounds 11-40 beginning at Noon ET.

 

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Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.