“The Naylor Bros” Josh and Bo of the Cleveland Guardians became the first pair of brothers to hit multi-run home runs in the same inning as teammates this past Friday night against the Texas Rangers. That put a bow on what was an amazing week for their family, which began when their youngest sibling Myles was selected in the 2023 MLB Draft.
No other Major League players have the luxury of hitting in the same batting practice group with a member of their family, let alone their brother other than Josh and Bo Naylor.
“It is awesome to go behind the cage and have a conversation with him,” younger brother and Guardians third ranked prospect, catcher Bo told MLBbro.com.
“To see him doing his thing and working on his craft every round is special and I love every moment.”
Year five has been a career year for Josh.
He ranks eighth in the Majors in batting average, fifth in RBI and is in the top 10 in OPS, on base and slugging percentage amongst all first baseman.
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) July 16, 2023
This past Friday in the third inning of the first game since the All-Star Break both launched two-run homers off Rangers starter Jon Gray who’s changeup fell victim on both occasions.
“When I hit mine, we shared a great moment,” Bo told reporters. “I could see how excited he was for me. When he hit his, I was up on the top step waiting for him. Just a cool moment to share with him.”
That was the first time in Major League Baseball’s long history that brothers hit multi-run home runs in the same inning for the same team.
The last set of brothers to homer in the same game were the Upton’s, Justin and B.J. who did it twice during their stint with the Atlanta Braves.
The most recent came in 2014 when each homered off of Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett while the other happened in 2013 when they hit back-to-back solo shots against Rockies pitcher Jon Garland.
“The Naylor Bros” also etched their name in the history books with the late Aaron brothers, former Home Run King Hank and his younger sibling Tommie.
On July 11th of 1962, just over 61 from the Naylor’sshots, both Aaron’s homered in the 9th inning of a game against the St. Louis Cardinals to pull their Braves to an 8-6 win.
The third Naylor, Myles is an infielder from Canada who was selected out of high school by the Oakland A’s as the 39th pick in this year’s Major League Draft.
Middle child Bo was able to give MLBbro.com a scouting report on his little brother.
“A guy who can get it done in every phase of the game,” said Bo.
“Crazy amount of potential, really good arm, hits the ball to all fields with power and fields his position well. The sky’s the limit for him.”
If Myles can earn his way to the Majors, the Naylor family will enter even more rare company as families with three brothers playing at the same time, joining a small list headlined by the Alou’s and Molina’s.