Naylor selected for High School Home Run Derby
OTTAWA- Junior National Team catcher Noah Naylor (Mississauga, ON) will be in Miami this weekend to participate in the annual High School Home Run Derby as part of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game festivities. The 17 year old is the lone Canadian in the event.
Eight participants, including Naylor, will partake in the semi-final round at Marlins Park on Sunday, July 9th (11am ET). The top two finalists after Sunday will compete in-between breaks of the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Marlins Park on Monday, July 10th.
Canadians have fared well at the event in pervious years with Naylor’s older brother, Josh, and Toronto’s Andy Yerzy each qualifying for the final round in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Yerzy tied for the win in 2015 when the event was held at Great American Ball in Cincinnati, while Josh Naylor was narrowly edged out for the title in 2014 at Target Field in Minneapolis.
“I’m really looking forward to the experience in Miami and representing Canada,” said Noah. “It’s an honour to be selected to compete against some of the top high school players in North America.”
Naylor debuted with the Junior National Team program in October 2015 for the Fall Instructional League Camp. He is scheduled to participate in the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field later this month and is eligible to represent Canada at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay from September 1 to 10.