Omar Narvaez
Omar Narvaez
29-Year-Old CatcherC
Milwaukee Brewers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Narvaez was a painful reminder for Milwaukee and many fantasy managers that regression is real. Milwaukee acquired the catcher from Seattle in a trade to replace the loss of Yasmani Grandal in free agency. Narvaez was coming off a big offensive year in Seattle, but the advanced stats showed he was well out in front of his skis and the performance would be very tough to repeat in 2020. The Brewers did not have many choices to add a serviceable veteran catcher to replace Grandal, so they took the risk and it failed spectacularly. Narvaez looked overmatched most of the short season, and while he could still earn his walks, he struck out at an alarmingly high rate, and just about every offensive measure had him in the both 10th percentile of the league. Surprisingly, his defense was much better than in previous seasons. Don't let recency bias settle in, but a rebound to 2018 is more realistic than a repeat of 2019. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#330
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$Signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Brewers in December of 2020.
Out of lineup
CMilwaukee Brewers
September 12, 2021
Narvaez will be on the bench Sunday against Cleveland.
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Narvaez sits after starting six straight games behind the plate. Manny Pina will catch Eric Lauer in his absence.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
11
11
25
33
1
6
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
2
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+31%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+68%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+20%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .615 172 17 3 15 0 .207 .326 .290
Since 2019vs Right .807 834 107 32 96 0 .280 .354 .453
2021vs Left .500 59 6 1 5 0 .170 .254 .245
2021vs Right .839 347 47 10 42 0 .302 .378 .462
2020vs Left .572 18 1 0 0 0 .235 .278 .294
2020vs Right .565 100 7 2 9 0 .157 .300 .265
2019vs Left .699 95 10 2 10 0 .227 .379 .320
2019vs Right .836 387 53 20 45 0 .289 .346 .490
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .767 510 62 19 56 0 .261 .339 .428
Since 2019Away .784 496 62 16 55 0 .275 .359 .425
2021Home .763 196 24 4 16 0 .271 .357 .406
2021Away .813 210 29 7 31 0 .293 .362 .451
2020Home .581 64 5 2 6 0 .175 .266 .316
2020Away .543 54 3 0 3 0 .163 .333 .209
2019Home .817 250 33 13 34 0 .275 .344 .473
2019Away .809 232 30 9 21 0 .282 .362 .447
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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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 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.
  • BABIP
    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.
BB/K
0.53
 
BB Rate
9.6%
 
K Rate
18.0%
 
BABIP
.322
 
ISO
.147
 
AVG
.282
 
OBP
.360
 
SLG
.429
 
OPS
.789
 
wOBA
.346
 
Exit Velocity
79.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
26.3%
 
Barrels/PA
4.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Traded last offseason in exchange for Alex Colome, Narvaez went on to achieve a ninth-place finish among fantasy catchers. His .278 BA ranked second behind only Wilson Ramos at the position (min. 250 PA), while his 119 wRC+ ranked fifth. Taking advantage of the livelier ball, Narvaez more than doubled his previous career high of nine homers set the previous season. He did most of his damage off the bat against righties, though he got on base at a great clip against southpaws (.379). The Statcast numbers look troubling at a glance, but Narvaez is a medium-hit, all-fields, line-drive machine with a high BA floor relative to the position. While Narvaez's defense and framing leave quite a bit to be desired and could affect his playing time following a December trade to Milwaukee, he was still plenty valuable in real life despite those deficiencies and the park upgrade keeps him very much in the C1 mix.
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.
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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Not starting Saturday
CMilwaukee Brewers
September 4, 2021
Narvaez isn't starting Saturday's game against St. Louis.
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On bench Thursday
CMilwaukee Brewers
September 2, 2021
Narvaez isn't starting Thursday's game against the Giants.
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Drives in one, scores in win
CMilwaukee Brewers
August 31, 2021
Narvaez went 1-for-4 with one RBI and a run scored in Monday's 3-1 win over the Giants.
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Sitting again Saturday
CMilwaukee Brewers
August 28, 2021
Narvaez is on the bench for Saturday's game against the Twins.
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Heads to bench
CMilwaukee Brewers
August 27, 2021
Narvaez is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Twins.
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