Omar Narvaez
Omar Narvaez
26-Year-Old CatcherC
Chicago White Sox
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Est. Return 1/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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Won't start in season finale
CChicago White Sox
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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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Narvaez has been seeing steady starts at either catcher or designated hitter over the past week, but he'll end the campaign on the bench after tweaking his back in Saturday's 8-3 loss. Welington Castillo will get the nod behind the dish while Daniel Palka serves as the club's designated hitter in the season finale.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+11%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+48%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+8%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+53%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
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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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
Even Split
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+33%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
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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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
0.58
 
BB Rate
11.8%
 
K Rate
20.2%
 
BABIP
.330
 
ISO
.154
 
AVG
.275
 
OBP
.366
 
SLG
.429
 
OPS
.794
 
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
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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Exits Saturday's game
CChicago White Sox
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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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Losing at-bats
CChicago White Sox
September 11, 2018
Narvaez is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Royals.
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