Naylor named California League Player of the Month

Ontario Blue Jays grad Josh Naylor's torrid start for the class-A Lake Elsinore Storm has earned the Mississauga, Ont., native California League Player of the Month honours for April. Photo: Bobby DeMuro.

Ontario Blue Jays grad Josh Naylor's torrid start for the class-A Lake Elsinore Storm has earned the Mississauga, Ont., native California League Player of the Month honours for April. Photo: Bobby DeMuro.

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA-Lake Elsinore Storm first baseman Josh Naylor has been named California League Player of the Month for April.

The Mississauga, Ont., native, a top prospect in the San Diego Padres organization, led the California League in RBI (23), extra-base hits (11) and total bases (52), while finishing second with 30 hits during April. He also belted five home runs and had a .889 OPS.

The award is the second for a Canadian in as many weeks after London, Ont., native Jamie Romak picked up Player of the Month honours for the Pacific Coast League. At the time, Romak was also a member of the Padres organization but has since had his rights sold to SK Wyverns of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO).

The month was not all positive for Naylor as he sustained facial fractures when a pickoff throw struck him in the face on April 29th. He was immediately placed on the 7-day disabled list.

Naylor spent four years with the Junior National Team program (2012-2015) and is the only Canadian to participate in three WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup events. He made his Senior National Team debut in March when he represented Canada at the World Baseball Classic.

In 2015, the Miami Marlins selected him with the 12th overall selection in the MLB Draft making him the highest drafted Canadian position player in history.  He represented the Marlins and Canada in the 2016 Futures Game before being dealt to the Padres as part of a seven-player trade on July 29th.

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.