It seems Mississauga has been a busy breeding ground for baseball stars! Earlier this month, two Saugans became the first Canadians taken in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft. What’s more, they both have siblings well on their own trajectory to baseball stardom.
Catcher/infielder Noah Naylor was selected 29th overall by the Cleveland Indians in the first round of the draft on June 4. The following day, his fellow Saugan, outfielder Tristan Pompey was picked by the Miami Marlins in the third round, 89th overall.
Both players hail from Sauga. Naylor attended St. Joan of Arc Catholic Secondary School in the Churchill Meadows neighbourhood of Mississauga. Tristan Pompey, who currently plays for the University of Kentucky Wildcats, graduated from Jean Vanier Catholic SS in 2015. Both are graduates of the Canadian national junior team and both have brothers on the verge of making it to the major league.
Tristan’s brother Dalton was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 16th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball straight out of John Fraser Secondary School in the Erin Mills neighbourhood of Mississauga. He has been playing for the Blue Jays and their Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons, over the past four seasons.
Noah’s brother, Josh Naylor is a highly coveted prospect, currently playing for San Antonio in Double-A as part of the San Diego Padres organization.
Orioles’ Adam Hall, who played with Josh and Noah separately on the junior national team, thinks both brothers have what it takes to succeed at the highest levels.
“Obviously they can both hit the ball a long way and they have a great feel and approach at the plate, but another thing that makes them stand out is their desire to be the best,” said Hall last year in an interview with the Toronto Star. “They won’t settle for anything less and I think that’s a big reason for the success they’ve had so far.”
One thing’s for sure – for all four of these upcoming MLB stars from Mississauga, there is no place like H-O-M-E, right?