In 2008, he won the California League batting crown while he was at Boston's single A affiliate, Lancaster. As a 25-year-old, he was considered to be older than a normal prospect, but he still hit .341 and blasted 10 home runs in 85 games.
People have asked me if I wake up and think it was a dream, Nava said. Im asking myself that all the time when Im awake. Its a little hard to believe.
Its a good story for everybody in baseball, Sox player development director Mike Hazen said. Its not accurate, but theres a pervasive feeling among players that some guys get opportunities based on their signing bonus. This is somebody who didnt get a signing bonus.
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