1. Bo Naylor- Columbus Clippers
Bo Naylor should have been called up to the major leagues this past offseason, but the organization decided to let him stay down with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers to start the year.
Even though the team lost starting catcher Austin Hedges, they decided to utilize catchers Mike Zunino and Cam Gallagher instead of the rising 23-year-old. Zunino and Gallagher have both struggled this season as they have a combined batting average of .270 through the first 13 games. While Zunino has been much more efficient than Gallagher, he has been very lackluster defensively.
Someone who has been successful while batting and squatting behind the plate is Naylor.
Naylor spent time with both the Akron Rubberducks and the Clippers last season, amassing a .263/.392/.496 slash line in 118 games. Looking to build upon last season, Naylor has started out 2023 batting .220/.421/.512 to go alongside 14 RBIs, nine hits, three home runs and three doubles in 41 at-bats.
Defensively he's been a phenomenal fielder, throwing out runners left and right, and rarely letting a ball go past him behind the plate. That last point is a recurring issue with one particular catcher currently in Cleveland and it is getting old fast. With the continued struggle of play at the catcher position, it is only a matter of time until the Guardians bring Naylor up to shine.