Omar Narvaez
Omar Narvaez
26-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
$Signed a one-year contract with the White Sox in February of 2017.
Traded to Mariners
CSeattle Mariners
November 30, 2018
The White Sox traded Narvaez to the Mariners on Friday in exchange for Alex Colome.
Narvaez was one of the best hitting catchers in baseball last summer, slashing .315/.401/.502 with nine homers over the final four months. His 122 wRC+ ranked fifth among catchers with at least 200 plate appearances. This trade is great news for his fantasy value, as Narvaez appears primed to serve as a true primary starter with Seattle instead of splitting time with Welington Castillo.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .680 137 15 1 7 0 .222 .366 .315
Since 2016vs Right .758 597 51 11 47 0 .285 .366 .392
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
2016vs Left .947 26 6 1 4 0 .333 .423 .524
2016vs Right .617 91 7 0 6 0 .250 .330 .288
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OPS on Road
Since 2016Home .744 359 36 7 34 0 .260 .362 .382
Since 2016Away .746 375 30 5 20 0 .288 .370 .376
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
2016Home .594 61 6 1 7 0 .222 .279 .315
2016Away .790 56 7 0 3 0 .319 .429 .362
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Won't start in season finale
CChicago White Sox
September 30, 2018
Narvaez (back) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Royals, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Exits Saturday's game
CChicago White Sox
September 29, 2018
Narvaez left Saturday's game against the Twins with lower back stiffness, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
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Extends hit streak in win
CChicago White Sox
September 21, 2018
Narvaez went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Indians.
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Homers in loss
CChicago White Sox
September 19, 2018
Narvaez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to Cleveland.
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Delivers seventh homer
CChicago White Sox
September 14, 2018
Narvaez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Friday's 8-6 win over Baltimore.
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