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Josh Naylor

Born: 06/22/1997 (Age: 20)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 5' 11" Weight: 250
Primary Position: 1B
Secondary Position: DH
Soft body, thick middle, strong. Weight maintenance presents long-term challenge. He has some athleticism and runs better than his frame suggests he should but history of body type in MLB not good. Footwork has improved since 2016 look. Average flexibility.
Evaluator John Eshleman
Report Date 12/21/2017
Dates Seen Nov 1-77
Affiliate Peoria Javelinas (, )
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
late 2019 High 50 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 60 Sets up with hands at letters, wide stance. Slight leg lift into short stride. Moderate load, hands moving up and back, creating slight angle to swing path (line drives) that keeps barrel head in zone for max time. Plus bat speed. Has excellent plate discipline and barrel feel with all-fields approach.
Power 50 Has 7 raw power but game swing is level, geared for line drives, frequent contact. Will pick spots to power up pull side. With some adjustment should get to average. Could be candidate to open up as he progresses.
Baserunning/Speed 30 Home to first 4.50. Liability. Faster underway (will get extra bases from home), but clogger in most base running situations. Has good base running instincts, doesn't run into outs.
Glove 40 Has fringe-average footwork, average when charging. Fringy moving laterally. Hands average when fielding ground balls; scoops well; average stretch.
Arm 55 Limited look. When shown across infield was on line was above-average velocity.

Player will need to maintain weight and continue developing at 1B to have an MLB role. He projects to below-average at the position and will need his bat to play. As a hit-before-power 1B, he is an unlikely candidate for an everyday role, but hit tool has upside and raw power is still in there despite swing path. May fit well as strong-side of platoon, where he should tap into more of his huge raw power. Player hits too well at his age not to get chances, but body concerns and lack of game power present risks.

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