Naylor close to signing, Prado still hurting
MIAMI — It’s been a big week for Marlins first-round pick Josh Naylor.
The left-handed hitting first baseman turned 18 on Monday, and today (June 25) he graduates from St. Joan of Arc High School in Ontario, Canada. What this means from a baseball standpoint, is after graduation, Naylor is officially eligible to sign with Miami.
So expect a deal to be finalized either Thursday or Friday, and Naylor to be ready to report to the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla., where he will prepare for the Gulf Coast League season. The recommended slot value for Naylor, who was taken 12th overall, is $3,051,800.
What I’m hearing is Naylor will sign for between $2 million and $2.5 million.
Once Naylor is officially signed, the Marlins will have locked up each of their top 10 round choices.
* Third baseman Martin Prado (right shoulder) is still experiencing discomfort. It is appearing unlikely he will be back before the All-Star Break. Not that Miami is looking to trade Prado before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, but now it would appear even more remote for a potential move, since his return is unknown.
Derek Dietrich and Donovan Solano have been splitting time at third. Don Kelly (fractured finger) is on rehab assignment, and in a week or so could fit into the infield equation.
* Jose Fernandez is set to throw his final rehab assignment game on Saturday at Double-A Jacksonville. The right-hander is lined up to make his season debut with the Marlins on July 2 against the Giants at Marlins Park. The way he is lined up, Fernandez will make two starts before the All-Star Break. After the break, if he checks out fine physically, the 2013 National League Rookie of the Year should be ready to go without restrictions for the rest of the season.
— Joe Frisaro