Marlins set to sign first-rounder Naylor
MIAMI -- Josh Naylor, the 12th overall pick in the Draft on June 8, is expected to officially agree to his signing bonus with the Marlins on Saturday. The 18-year-old first baseman from Canada should be reporting to the organization next week, once his visa progress is completed.
The Marlins aren't anticipating any holdups, and the club is eager to get the 6-foot-1, 225-pounder in uniform. Once he arrives at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla., the left-handed power hitter will be part of the Gulf Coast League Marlins.
Naylor, who turned 18 on June 22, graduated from St. Joan of Arc High School in Ontario on Thursday. He wasn't officially able to sign until he graduated.
According to MLB.com's Jim Callis, Naylor's bonus will be $2.25 million. The club hasn't confirmed the bonus value. The recommended slot value of the No. 12 pick is $3,051,800.
Naylor, who had a college offer at Texas Tech, has been expected to sign with the Marlins from the moment he was drafted.
The Canada native, who grew up a Red Sox and David Ortiz fan, visited Marlins Park on June 13, the Saturday after he was picked. He took part in batting practice with the Marlins and impressed, belting a number of long drives into the second deck in right field. He even clobbered a ball past the 418 sign in center field.