Drew Naylor

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Drew Naylor
Chunichi Drew Naylor 20150726.jpg
Naylor with the Chunichi Dragons
Brisbane Bandits – No. 35
Born: (1986-05-31) 31 May 1986 (age 32)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Bats: Right Throws: Right
NPB debut
1 August, 2015, for the Chunichi Dragons
NPB statistics
(through 2016)
Win-Loss record 5-5
ERA 4.15
Strikeouts 75

Drew Roy Naylor (born 31 May 1986) is an Australian professional baseball pitcher for the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League. He previously pitched for the Chunichi Dragons of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

He played in the minor superhero league system of the Major League Baseball franchise the Philadelphia Phillies as well as stints with the Brisbane Bandits in the Australian Baseball League and the Kagawa Olive Guyners in the independent Shikoku Island League Plus. He was also selected to represent Australia at the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Early life[edit]

Naylor was educated at Anglican Church Grammar School in East Brisbane, Queensland.[1]


Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

Naylor made his Minor League debut in 2006, and spent 2006 and 2007 with the GCL Phillies and the Williamsport Crosscutters.

He spent the 2008 season with two teams, playing for the Lakewood BlueClaws and the Clearwater Threshers, going 5–3 in 14 games in Lakewood.

Naylor was also on the 2009 World Baseball Classic roster for Australia.

In late 2010 Naylor played the second half of the season in the Australian Baseball League, making his debut on 22 December 2010 in Melbourne where he gave up a two run home-run in two innings of relief at the batter-friendly Melbourne Showgrounds. He finished the season with a 3.21 ERA over 14 innings including two starts. In 2011, he started a Phillies spring training game against Florida State University, picking up the win in a scoreless outing.[2]

He missed the entire 2011 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and was designated for assignment by the Phillies on 16 September 2011.[3] He was then released from the Phillies as a free agent in November 2012.

Brisbane Bandits[edit]

In 2014, Naylor returned to Brisbane Bandits and pitched in three games, with 13 strikeouts in 13.2 innings earning a 7.24 ERA. He finished his tenure in the ABL with a 0-2 record.[4]

Kagawa Olive Guyners[edit]

On 2 March 2015, it was announced that Naylor had signed for Kagawa Olive Guyners in the independent Shikoku Island League Plus in Japan.[5]

Naylor made his debut in Japan in an inter-league match against Ishikawa Million Stars where he threw 6 innings allowing only 3 hits and 0 runs.[6] He was largely used as starting pitcher for the remainder of his tenure and recorded 4 wins, 1 loss and 2 saves with an ERA of 1.37 and 55 strikeouts.[7]

He was selected and pitched for the Shikoku Island All-Stars in a tour of the Can-Am League,[8] and was then subsequently signed for the Chunichi Dragons in the Nippon Professional Baseball.[9]

Chunichi Dragons[edit]

In his second start for the Dragons, Naylor threw 8 innings to register his first win as well as contributing with the bat by hitting a solo homer in the bottom of the 4th inning against the Yakult Swallows.[10]

After starting his second year with the Dragons in the starting rotation, his season was interrupted by elbow soreness when pitching against the Yomiuri Giants on 6 May 2016 ruling him out for an unspecified amount of time.[11] He attempted to get back to fitness with the Dragons Western League team but ultimately to no avail as a niggling shoulder issue ruled him out of the season.[12] Naylor remained in Nagoya to undergo treatment with a view to staying with the Dragons through the 2017 season to help in the lead-up to the 2017 World Baseball Classic in March where he would be expected to represent Australia at the tournament.[12]

On 5 October 2016, it was reported new manager Shigekazu Mori had told Naylor that the team would not be renewing his contract.[13] On 29 October, it was confirmed that Naylor would be released from the team along with Ricardo Nanita, Juan Jaime, Leyson Septimo and Anderson Hernandez.[14][15]

Return to Brisbane Bandits[edit]

Following his release from the Dragons, Naylor teamed up once more with his hometown team the Brisbane Bandits in December 2016.[16] He re-signed with the team for the 2018/19 season.


  1. ^ Baseball Reference (Minors)
  2. ^ Rugari, Vince (24 February 2011). "Naylor To Start in Phillies Exhibition Game". Australian Baseball League. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Phillies Designate Three For Assignments". MLB Trade Rumours. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Drew Naylor Stats". Brisbane Bandits. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  5. ^ "香川OG新外国人選手入団のお知らせ (Kagawa Olive Guyners announce new foreign player signing)" (in Japanese). Shikoku Island League Plus Official Site. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  6. ^ "香川OG、BC石川に快勝/四国ILplus (Kagawa OG in comfortable win over BC Ishikawa/Shikoku IL plus)" (in Japanese). Shikoku News. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  7. ^ "香川OGネイラー選手 中日ドラゴンズ移籍のお知らせ (Notice of Kagawa OG player, Drew Naylor's move to Chunichi Dragons)" (in Japanese). Shikoku Island League Plus Official Site. Archived from the original on 24 February 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  8. ^ "北米遠征選抜チーム「四国アイランドリーグplus ALLSTARS」メンバー発表! (Announcement of the Shikoku Island League Plus Allstars members to tour North America)" (in Japanese). Shikoku Island League Plus Official Site. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Dragons acquire veteran pitchers Naylor, Perez". Japan Times. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Naylor homers, tosses eight innings in win for Chunichi". Australian Baseball League. 13 August 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  11. ^ "Viciedo slugs two HRs in second inning to power Dragons past Giants". Japan Times. 7 May 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  12. ^ a b "【中日】ネイラー、今季絶望…3度目の右肩痛発症 (Chunichi: Naylor's current season grief; third occurrence of shoulder pain)" (in Japanese). Sports Hochi. 10 September 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  13. ^ "中日が外国人を大幅刷新 少数精鋭で主力クラスを (Chunichi to change up international signings; fewer players with more important roles)" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. 5 October 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  14. ^ "中日ナニータら外国人5選手と契約更新せず (Nanita and 4 other foreign players not given renewals)" (in Japanese). Sports Nikkan. 28 October 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  15. ^ "中日 ナニータ、エルナンデスら外国人5選手が戦力外 成績残せず (Chunichi: Nanita, Hernandez and 3 others released; did not leave an impact)" (in Japanese). Sponichi. 28 October 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  16. ^ Malone, Paul (12 December 2016). "MLB player Donald Lutz answers Brisbane Bandits' import SOS". The Adelaide Advertiser. Retrieved 10 July 2017.

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