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Canadian star Myles Naylor aims to follow brothers to MLB

Canadian star Myles Naylor aims to follow brothers to MLB
Myles Naylor is one of Canada’s top prep baseball stars. (Credit: Ontario Blue Jays/Facebook)
Isaiah Butler

VAUGHAN, Ontario (BVM) — Baseball has always been a mainstay for Myles Naylor. He grew up watching his older brothers, Josh and Bo, make their big-league dreams come true. Now he’s forging his own in the sport he loves.  

“I go to them for everything,” Myles told the Canadian Baseball Network (CBN) podcast. “They can give me any advice I need to hear. They’ve been through more than I have.” 

Myles’ brothers were successful playing baseball growing up, and both have furthered their baseball careers to the highest level.

Cleveland Guardians first baseman Josh Naylor.
Cleveland Guardians first baseman Josh Naylor (22) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field. (Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports via Imagn Sports Content Services, LLC)

Josh was highly recruited out of high school. He committed to Texas Tech but was drafted with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft. He’s gone on to become a standout for the Cleveland Guardians

Bo was selected with the 29th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft by Cleveland. He made his MLB debut on Oct. 1, 2022.  

Cleveland' Noah "Bo" Naylor bats in the high school home run derby finals at Marlins Park.
Noah “Bo” Naylor bats in the high school home run derby finals at Marlins Park. (Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports via Imagn Sports Content Services, LLC)

Myles seems primed to be the next star in the family. And he isn’t letting any sort of pressure get to him. He still uses the advice his brothers gave him when he was growing up. 

“The biggest thing they told me was to have confidence,” Myles told CBN. “They’re both very good players, and I take stuff from their game. [They’ve told me] respect the game, respect your coaches and go out there and play your hardest.”

Myles held that advice close to his heart and continued his baseball journey with the Ontario Blue Jays. He’s faced some of the top baseball talent Canada has to offer by being a part of the Premier Baseball League of Ontario (PBLO).

He’d also receive the opportunity to play against some of the world’s best up-and-coming talent with the Canadian U-18/Junior National Team. He’d make the most of his opportunity with the squad in the U-18 World Baseball Cup, batting .471 and recording an OPS of 1.331. 

“They’ve given me the best experience I’ve had on the field,” Myles told CBN. “I couldn’t be more grateful for them.”

Playing against some of the world’s premier baseball players can help a player like Myles develop. His growth has led him to become the top player in Canada, according to Prep Baseball Report (PBR). The elite ranking has allowed him to receive offers from college baseball programs in the United States, such as Texas Tech

“Since Josh was committed there, we know what they’re about,” Myles told CBN. “They do a great job of developing their players, and they have a good education system. Playing in the [Big 12] Conference is a really good thing for me. It’s the best place for me and the best place to bring my game up to the next level.”

Myles has shown that he has more than enough potential to excel at the collegiate level and possibly in MLB. However, as a high school player, the pressure of being a potential draft pick can be tough to overcome. He isn’t letting the pressure get to him, though. 

“Try to stay level-headed and don’t let the ratings get to your head because, at the end of the day, anything can happen,” Myles told CBN. “Stay confident in myself and believe in my abilities.”

Myles has done and will continue to improve himself when it comes to his play on the diamond. The competition at the next level will be demanding. But a player like him is ready for any expectations that may lie ahead. 

“I try to make myself my own player at the end of the day,” Myles told CBN.