2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Omar Narvaez
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at Omar Narvaez in an effort to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect from the Brewers new catcher during the 2020 MLB season.
For a second straight season, Omar Narváez outperformed his preseason projections and average draft position returning great value. In 2019, Narvaez appeared in 132 games accruing 428 at-bats, 63 runs, 22 home runs, 55 RBI and a .278/.353/.460 slash line. Among catchers with at least 300 plate appearances, here’s how Narvaez ranked in fantasy categories:
- Fifth in runs
- Eighth in home runs
- 16th in RBI
- Second in batting average
- Fourth in on-base percentage
- Tied for ninth in slugging percentage
Yet, he’s the tenth catcher taken in preseason average draft position data. Supposedly a shift from Chicago to Seattle would hamper his power breakout, but Narvaez mashed a career high 22 last season. Of course, with the juiced-up baseball, most players benefited from the batter-friendly environment.
In 2019, Narvaez recorded a 26.3-percent line drive rate, 33.1-percent ground ball rate, and a 40.5-percent fly ball rate. His home run per fly ball percentage jumped to...