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.
Rakes three hits
CSeattle Mariners
July 20, 2019
Narvaez went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored in Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Angels.
Narvaez was in the thick of the Mariners' offense, accounting for over half of the team's hits in the game. He scored the opening run on a Dee Gordon sacrifice fly in the second inning, then added the run-scoring single in the third inning, plating J.P. Crawford. Narvaez's breakout year continues, with the catcher hitting .300/.370/.498 for the season, adding 16 homers, 39 RBI and 47 runs scored. He has recorded three or more hits in three of his last eight games.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .681 157 15 2 10 0 .211 .364 .317
Since 2017vs Right .815 771 85 25 73 0 .297 .371 .444
2019vs Left .836 46 6 2 7 0 .250 .391 .444
2019vs Right .872 265 41 14 32 0 .307 .366 .506
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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OPS on Road
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OPS at Home
Since 2017Home .800 452 52 14 49 0 .275 .374 .426
Since 2017Away .789 476 48 13 34 0 .292 .365 .424
2019Home .845 154 22 8 22 0 .289 .364 .481
2019Away .890 157 25 8 17 0 .310 .376 .514
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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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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Goes deep twice in loss
CSeattle Mariners
July 17, 2019
Narvaez went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs in Tuesday's loss to Oakland.
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Takes seat Sunday
CSeattle Mariners
July 14, 2019
Narvaez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels, Greg Johns of reports.
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Notches first multi-homer game
CSeattle Mariners
July 8, 2019
Narvaez went 4-for-4 with a pair of home runs and four RBI in a loss to Oakland on Sunday.
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Day off Friday
CSeattle Mariners
July 5, 2019
Narvaez is not in the lineup Friday against Oakland, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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Slams 12th home run
CSeattle Mariners
July 3, 2019
Narvaez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in a victory against the Cardinals on Tuesday.
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