Thursday, June 24, 2010
Meet Daniel Nava
NESN.com - After getting cut from his college team at Santa Clara University, Nava opted to enroll at a junior college, only to play so well that Santa Clara took him back for his senior year, during which he hit .395 in 54 games.
Still, the switch-hitting Nava was not drafted out of college, leaving him with the option of playing independent ball at Chico of the Golden League. After another stellar season that saw him hit .371 with 12 homers, Nava re-emerged on the radars of major league clubs, earning the honor of Baseball America’s top independent league prospect.
The Red Sox certainly took notice, and Nava has had a meteoric rise through their system.
The Sox have had more than their share of troubles in the outfield so far this season. Mike Cameron is just crawling back into the mix, Jacoby Ellsbury is still a huge question mark. JD Drew just went down, as did Jeremy Hermida. Bill Hall has been a huge asset off the bench, as have the likes of Darnell McDonald and Josh Reddick from Pawtucket.
The latest call-up was Daniel Nava on June 12th. His first major league game was going to be against the National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies. Nava wasted no time settling in. First pitch, grand slam. In the 10 games, Nava has played, and the 24 at-bats he's taken, he has driven in 10, scored 6 runs with an average of .382. Not bad for an undrafted college walk-on.