Bo Naylor Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 0" / 205 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 2/21/2000 (23)
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Cleveland Guardians catcher Bo Naylor (thumb) will return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's series opener versus the Cincinnati Reds. The rookie backstop was removed from Friday night's game after two plate appearances with a right thumb contusion but will return out of the eight-hole while taking on Reds right-hander Hunter Greene on Tuesday in Cleveland. It's been a productive rookie campaign for the 23-year-old who is hitting .237 with nine homers, five stolen bases, a 13.4% BB%, and a .787 OPS across 217 trips to the plate. His removal on Friday snapped a six-game hitting streak, although Naylor has failed to record a multi-hit effort in that time.
Cleveland Guardians catcher Bo Naylor was removed from Friday night's game with a right thumb contusion. He had one run scored on a walk, going 0-for-1 before coming out of the game. The 23-year-old has a .238/.340/.449 slash line in 2023. He should be considered day-to-day for now. If there's nothing serious with the thumb, Naylor should finish out the regular season in his regular role.
Cleveland Guardians catching prospect Bo Naylor will take the day off on Friday against the visiting Kansas City Royals. The Guardians will give the young backstop a breather after a rough start in 2023. Naylor played in his first five MLB games in 2022, and in his next 14 games this year, he's gone just 7-for-47 (.149) with a homer, double, three RBI, seven runs scored and 18 strikeouts in 52 plate appearances. The 23-year-old Canadian, who is the younger brother of Cleveland first baseman Josh Naylor, still has a very high long-term ceiling at a weak position, but fantasy managers will need to be patient. With Naylor sitting on Friday, Cam Gallagher is behind the plate and batting ninth against Royals left-hander Daniel Lynch.
Last year, Bo Naylor did himself no harm in restoring faith that he could be a regular fixture in the Guardians lineup for years to come. Across Double-A and Triple-A, Naylor hit .263/.392/.496 with 21 homers, 68 RBI, 73 runs and 20 stolen bases (118 games). That power-speed combo is enticing in fantasy, especially at the catcher position but it remains to be seen if Naylor does get regular work behind the plate for the Guardians. The fact they signed Mike Zunino this offseason suggests the Guardians don't see Naylor as an everyday catcher and his defense may well need more fine-tuning in Triple-A to begin the year as he currently grades out as a below-average defender. The Guardians value defense highly at the position so it would certainly make sense for them to further enhance his skills behind the plate before calling him up. But his 88 walks in the Minors last year will also hold Naylor in good stead moving forward and on a team that will be seeking a return to the playoffs in 2023. If Naylor rakes at Triple-A to start the season, it might not be long before he's called up. With an ADP of ~320 (22nd catcher), his 2023 fantasy value will be determined by playing time, but his bat certainly looks like it's ready to contribute.