2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Omar Narvaez
Greg Jewett takes a deeper look at Seattle Mariners catcher Omar Narvaez and lets fantasy owners know what they can expect during the 2019 MLB season.
When searching for a second catcher who will not kill a batting average with middling counting statistics, look no further, Omar Narváez could be the one. He only accrued 280 at-bats last year, but finished with 30 runs, nine home runs, 30 RBI and a .275/.366/.429 slash line. Yes, Narvaez logged extra time behind the plate due to Welington Castillo ’s suspension, but with the starting job in Seattle replacing Mike Zunino , it’s time to see if Narvaez could be worth a look.
Owners with a strong base of power and trying to keep their team average above .260 should flock to Narvaez. He’s a line drive machine producing a 29 percent rate last year and he more than tripled his home run per fly ball percentage to 14.5 percent. Since Narvaez will not change his swing, his 34.6 pull percentage and 28.6 hard hit rate cap his power. But, with more at-bats, if he scores more runs with a boost in RBI, there’s something here.
In fact, Narvaez across three seasons in the majors has yet to...