Paris, Naylor thriving in bigs while others alums develop in minors

September 4, 2023

Kyren Paris recently became the fourth alum of the New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series to be promoted to the big leagues, and it certainly didn’t take him long to join the club that’s also got an MLB hit to their name.

Still just 21 years old, the 2018 International Week standout, recorded some big league firsts in just his second career game; he got his first career hit against his hometown Athletics on Oakland on September 2, and followed that with his first career stolen base later that inning.

“It was a special moment; one that I’ve dreamed of,” Paris told “And for it to come true — it’s special.”

Meanwhile, Bo Naylor, who played at the inaugural International Week event one year prior, is swinging one of the hottest bats in the big leagues. When umpires aren’t trying to ring him up on 2-1 pitches, the Canadian-born Guardians backstop has raised his average 16 points over the last seven games, including home runs on back-to-back days on August 28 and 29.

Jake DeLeo, OF (A; Miami Marlins – Jupiter Hammerheads)

A steal at the No. 173 overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins, DeLeo was assigned directly to full season ball by the Miami Marlins, and has hardly skipped a beat at the Low-A level. The former Georgia Tech standout has already delivered five multi-hit games in his pro career, and is hitting .246 with four homers and 16 RBI thus far for the Jupiter Hammerheads.

Sabin Ceballos, 3B (A; Atlanta Braves – Augusta Greenjackets)

There may not be a level that can hold the advanced bat of Ceballos. After making very quick work of the Braves Complex League team in Florida, he’s off to an equally hot start in full season ball with Augusta, hitting his first pro home run over his first four games with the team, hitting .429 with six RBI along the way.

Robby Snelling, LHSP (AA; San Diego Padres – San Antonio Missions)

Snelling is making a case to have his name in the running as the top pitching prospect in all of baseball. The 2021 National Tournaments MVP is 10-3 with a 1.80 ERA over 20 starts across three levels this season, striking out 110 batters in just 95 innings of work. That includes his first two outings with Double-A San Antonio, a stop he reached at just 19 years old; Snelling has allowed just two hits and one earned run in his first 8 2/3 innings with the club.

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