Drew Naylor

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Drew Roy Naylor

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Biographical Information[edit]

Drew Naylor led his league in strikeouts his second pro season. Naylor is the son of Geoff Naylor, a former professional rugby player.

Naylor was signed by scout Sal Agostinelli for the Philadelphia Phillies at age 17. He began his career in the 2006 Claxton Shield, walking 6 in 6 2/3 IP and going 1-0 with 5.40 ERA for the Queensland Rams. He then came to the USA and went 2-3 with a save and a 4.66 ERA for the GCL Phillies. His control was much better as he only walked 9 in 36 2/3 innings.

In 2007, Naylor tossed four hitless, scoreless innings but walked 3 in his lone appearance for the Rams in the Claxton Shield. He then starred for the Williamsport Crosscutters, going 8-6 with a 3.28 ERA. He led the New York-Penn League in innings (93 1/3) and strikeouts (97) and tied Guillermo Moscoso for the most complete games (2). Naylor was 9th in the NYPL in ERA. Drew pitched for the North Shore Honu in the fall, going 0-1 with a save and a 7.30 ERA but striking out 19 in 12 1/3 innings.

Naylor was 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in the 2008 Claxton Shield. He split his time in the USA between the Lakewood BlueClaws (5-3, 2.99, 97 K in 87 1/3 IP, again making his league's mid-season All-Star team) and the Clearwater Threshers (3-7, 4.85).

Drew made Australia's roster for the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He pitched one game, entering in the 6th against Mexico with a 12-1 deficit. He gave up a double to Adrián González, got an out, then walked Scott Hairston. Jorge Vázquez hit a ground-rule double and Nayloe was replaced by Adam Bright, who let both inherited runners score.