With the 29th pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, the Cleveland Indians have selected Noah Naylor, a catcher from St. Joan of Arc Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
Naylor’s brother Josh is a top prospect in the Padres’ system, but Noah could possibly be even better than him. Noah is a considerably better athlete than his brother, and his ability to catch makes him more valuable in a sense.
Noah Naylor hits a sac fly to RF to open the scoring for the Yankees. He also made the first out of the game at third, ranging to his left. pic.twitter.com/oVOLpyRrtm
— Carlos Collazo (@CarlosACollazo) August 8, 2017
Naylor has a really good bat for a catcher, and though the Indians still have Francisco Mejia in their system as a catcher, Mejia has the versatility to move around should Naylor light it up. Naylor’s value comes largely from his defense, so that is likely Cleveland’s goal with this pick.
Naylor probably slots in sixth on the Indians farm, between Nolan Jones and Willi Castro.