Omar Narvaez
Omar Narvaez
27-Year-Old CatcherC
Seattle Mariners
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Narvaez was a diamond in the rough at a wasteland position. Over the final four months of 2018, Narvaez hit .315/.401/.502 with nine home runs in 203 at-bats. He sacrificed some contact for the uptick in power, but that's OK when the landing is a 20.2% K-rate. Narvaez walked at an 11.8% clip, and when it was all said and done, he had a 122 wRC+, which ranked fifth among catchers with 200 plate appearances, behind Wilson Ramos, J.T. Realmuto, Yasmani Grandal and Francisco Cervelli. The hard-hit rate won't wow anyone, but Narvaez had a 29.0% line-drive rate, which would seem to give him a nice batting-average floor. Batting average floor is perhaps the best thing a catcher can provide fantasy owners; many catchers, especially the cheap ones, actively hurt you by draining batting average. With the move from Chicago to Seattle in late November, Narvaez downgraded parks but went from a 50-50 timeshare to a primary role. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Mariners in March of 2019.
On bench Friday
CSeattle Mariners
May 17, 2019
Narvaez will sit Friday against the Twins.
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Narvaez sits for the second time in three games. Tom Murphy gets the nod behind the plate.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
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#9
1
4
8
17
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+18%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+24%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+48%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+8%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .670 130 11 1 5 0 .210 .370 .300
Since 2017vs Right .791 636 66 17 57 0 .290 .368 .423
2019vs Left 1.012 19 2 1 2 0 .308 .474 .538
2019vs Right .817 130 22 6 16 0 .286 .346 .471
2018vs Left .567 57 4 0 3 0 .159 .339 .227
2018vs Right .837 265 26 9 27 0 .297 .371 .466
2017vs Left .668 54 5 0 0 0 .233 .365 .302
2017vs Right .723 241 18 2 14 0 .286 .375 .348
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+37%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .761 363 38 9 35 0 .261 .367 .394
Since 2017Away .782 403 39 9 27 0 .293 .369 .413
2019Home .694 65 8 3 8 0 .228 .308 .386
2019Away .951 84 16 4 10 0 .333 .405 .547
2018Home .792 154 17 4 18 0 .267 .373 .420
2018Away .796 168 13 5 12 0 .282 .359 .436
2017Home .757 144 13 2 9 0 .269 .387 .370
2017Away .673 151 10 0 5 0 .284 .360 .313
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Stat Review
How does Omar Narvaez compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.50
 
BB Rate
10.1%
 
K Rate
20.1%
 
BABIP
.323
 
ISO
.189
 
AVG
.288
 
OBP
.362
 
SLG
.477
 
OPS
.840
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Coming off a serviceable major-league debut in 2016, Narvaez was slotted in as the White Sox's Opening Day catcher. Eventually, Narvaez found himself in a three-headed timeshare behind the plate with veterans Geovany Soto and Kevan Smith. After Soto went down with an injury in early May, Narvaez and Smith split the catching duties the rest of the way, each finishing the season with 73 starts to their name. In his sophomore season, Narvaez posted a league-average 100 wRC+ on a .277/.373/.340 slash line while also playing solid defense. His already low power numbers did take a hit, but he was able to increase his batting average by 10 points while continuing to walk at an excellent 12.9 percent clip. The 25-year-old will likely see fewer opportunities with Welington Castillo signing with the White Sox, and his lack of power greatly limits his fantasy appeal to begin with.
Narvaez hadn't played an inning above High-A in his career prior to 2016, but he made a much bigger impact than expected. He began the campaign with Double-A Birmingham, but he only played 13 games there before he was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte. Although his results were modest at best (.245 batting average, 11 RBI, 14 runs), injuries in Chicago helped the backstop get the call to the big leagues, where he fared surprisingly well. His .267 batting average in 101 at-bats was more than serviceable considering the circumstances, and he impressed many with his plate discipline by posting a strong 14:14 K:BB ratio over that span. He certainly doesn't have the prospect shine that newly drafted Zack Collins has, but at just 24 years old, Narvaez has some room to grow over the years as he continues to face upper-level pitching. He should compete for the starting gig out of spring training if he can maintain this strong showing at the plate.
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Gets day off
CSeattle Mariners
May 14, 2019
Narvaez isn't in Tuesday's starting lineup against the Athletics, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
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Another round tripper in loss
CSeattle Mariners
May 13, 2019
Narvaez went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in a loss to the Red Sox on Sunday.
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Leaves yard in defeat
CSeattle Mariners
May 12, 2019
Narvaez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Red Sox on Saturday.
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Out of lineup Thursday
CSeattle Mariners
May 9, 2019
Narvaez is not in the lineup Thursday against the Yankees, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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On bench Tuesday
CSeattle Mariners
May 7, 2019
Narvaez will sit Tuesday against the Yankees.
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