CLEVELAND, Ohio — It’s been a pretty eventful week for Indians 2018 first-round draft pick Bo Naylor.
On Sunday he learned that his older brother, Josh, suffered a devastating lower leg injury in Cleveland’s loss to Minnesota. But things started to turn around for the 21-year-old Akron RubberDucks catcher later in the week when he found out he’d be representing Cleveland at next week’s All-Star Game festivities in Colorado.
Naylor will play for American League manager LaTroy Hawkins in the 22nd edition of the Futures Game. Josh played in two All-Star Futures Games, in 2016 and 2017.
Bo, who shares an apartment with his brother, was at home taking care of Josh on Wednesday when he got a call from Indians vice president of player development, James Harris.
“He asked me about Josh, how the day’s going and how he’s recovering,” Bo said. “And then he said, ‘Well, you know, it’s not all bad news. I just wanted to let you know that you’ve been selected.’”
Harris’ revelation turned a pretty down day around for the Naylor family.
“I was just in awe,” Bo said. “It was definitely like the moment, sitting back and realizing it, it was amazing. I’m definitely grateful for every opportunity.”
The Naylors celebrated the moment, and Bo says he had to keep his convalescing brother from jumping out of his seat at the news.
“We got on a group FaceTime call, he called everyone,” Bo said. “It was an amazing moment to share. It was just a surreal moment overall.”
Bo has a leg up on Adley Rutschman (Baltimore), Jeter Downs (Boston), Spencer Torkelson (Detroit) and Bobby Witt Jr. (Kansas City), his teammates on the AL roster after having watched Josh play in two Futures games. He says it was a goal once he became a pro to make it to the Futures game like his brother.
“I do remember Josh getting a hit,” Bo said. “I’ll probably replay some video of his. I’m looking forward to getting out there, putting everything out on the field and just enjoying it.”
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