Naylor becomes first alum with MLB hit while others shine in minors

June 26, 2023

Congratulations are in order for Bo Naylor, who is making the most of a big-league recall that seems to be for good. Summoned back to the show by the Guardians in mid-June, the highly-touted 23-year-old catcher smacked his first career MLB hit on June 21 against the Oakland A’s, taking a 3-2 offering from reliever Austin Pruitt and extending the bat to send the ball to left center for a hard single.

He then one-upped himself just four days later, producing his first career multi-hit game at the major-league level, delivering two singles in a close loss to Milwaukee.

Tommy Specht, OF, Down East Wood Ducks, A, Rangers

Taken with the No. 169 overall pick in last year’s MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers, the Main Event alum has somehow gone a bit under the prospect radar. Not anymore. Just 19 years old and already in full-season ball, the Iowa native is riding a seven-game hitting streak, and also recently hit his first pro homer, a two-run shot in the third inning that helped his team down the Salem Red Sox

Robby Snelling, P, Lake Elsinore Storm, A, Padres

We could probably just post Robby Snelling’s stat line from his first 11 pro starts with the Storm, and it’s all we’d really need to do.

5-1, 1.57 ERA, 59 K’s in 51.2 IP.

That should speak for itself, right? Well, how about this? Snelling, the MVP of the 2021 National Tournaments as a member of NorCal, has issued just one walk over the entire month of June, somehow issuing just that lone free pass over 20 frames.

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