After college, Nava was picked up by an Independent Golden League team, the Chico Outlaws. In a bit of a repeat from his college career, the Outlaws cut him and brought him back a year later.
He won MVP of the Golden League in 2007 and the Red Sox obtained his rights from the Outlaws for $1 with the promise of $1,499 more if he was kept past spring training on a minor league team. He batted .371 with an OPS of 1.100 in 72 games with the Outlaws.
Baseball America named him the country's No. 1 independent prospect.
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