Don't look now, but Bo Naylor is on a heater for the Cleveland Guardians

Bo Naylor has homered in three straight starts, the youngest Cleveland player to do so since Manny Ramírez in 1995.

Cleveland Guardians v Minnesota Twins
Cleveland Guardians v Minnesota Twins / David Berding/GettyImages
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Don't look now, but Bo Naylor is starting to heat up.

The 23-year-old catcher has had his ups and downs getting acclimated to the majors, but Naylor is beginning to settle in nicely and in Tuesday night's 4-2 win against the Twins, he became the youngest Guardians player to hit a home run in three straight starts since Manny Ramírez did it in 1995.

Though you might be initially turned off by a .213/.293/.418 line, you'll be brought back by the fact that Naylor now has seven home runs in just 157 plate appearances, giving him a very serviceable 97 OPS+ in his first real taste of major-league pitching. And, even better, in his past eight games, Naylor has really gotten hot to the tune of a .375/.423/.875 line in 26 plate appearances.

On Tuesday night, Naylor demolished an inside fastball from Twins starter Pablo López, turning on the 94 mph heater and nuking it into the stands. To this point, Naylor has showed tremendous power potential and an ability to get on base, evidenced by a 10% walk rate. He strikes out nearly 27% of the time, but one figures he'll improve on that metric. And, honestly, even if he doesn't, you'll take some strikeouts if it means he's crushing home runs like this.

As Cleveland's playoff hopes continue to flicker ever so slightly, one of the more exciting prospects of September baseball this season will be seeing the maturation of players like Naylor. He was a first-round pick for a reason, and he's beginning to show why through a power-packed week like this.

And though this is a well-trodden topic, and it certainly goes without saying, it bears repeating that this team desperately needs power wherever it can get it. If Naylor can settle in as a catcher who can hit 20-30 home runs and get on base at a reasonable clip, the Guardians will be in a good place moving forward. Now, as the rosters expand, they just need to see if they can get the same kind of production out of outfield prospect George Valera.