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.
Big game against Angels
CSeattle Mariners
April 18, 2019
Narvaez went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run, four RBI, three runs and two walks in the Mariners' 11-10 victory over the Angels on Thursday.
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The backstop was all over the place in this contest, reaching base five times and launching a three-run bomb off Jake Jewell in the seventh inning for his fourth long ball of the season. The big day at the dish boosts the 27-year-old's slash line up to a solid .297/.348/.500 over 64 at-bats.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+22%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+38%
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 .644 117 10 1 4 0 .196 .351 .293
Since 2017vs Right .788 569 58 14 51 0 .293 .370 .418
2019vs Left 1.133 6 1 1 1 0 .200 .333 .800
2019vs Right .824 63 14 3 10 0 .305 .349 .475
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
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2019
Even Split
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .784 327 36 9 33 0 .266 .370 .414
Since 2017Away .750 359 32 6 22 0 .288 .364 .386
2019Home .847 29 6 3 6 0 .250 .276 .571
2019Away .844 40 9 1 5 0 .333 .400 .444
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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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
0.31
 
BB Rate
7.2%
 
K Rate
23.2%
 
BABIP
.341
 
ISO
.203
 
AVG
.297
 
OBP
.348
 
SLG
.500
 
OPS
.848
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Sitting Tuesday
CSeattle Mariners
April 16, 2019
Narvaez is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Twins, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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Leaves yard in loss
CSeattle Mariners
April 16, 2019
Narvaez went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in a loss to the Indians on Monday.
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Gets another day to rest
CSeattle Mariners
April 12, 2019
Narvaez isn't in Friday's lineup against the Astros, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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Heads to bench Thursday
CSeattle Mariners
April 11, 2019
Narvaez is not in Thursday's lineup against the Royals, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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Not in Saturday's lineup
CSeattle Mariners
April 6, 2019
Narvaez will hit the bench Saturday against the White Sox, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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