Last offseason, before the 2020 season, the Milwaukee Brewers acquired Omar Narvaez after Yasmani Grandal signed with the Chicago White Sox. At the time, Narvaez was coming off the best season of his career with Seattle. In 2019, he hit .278/.353/.460 with 22 home runs and 55 RBI. In 2020, however, he slumped all season, as did many Major League hitters.
After posting a .176/.294/.269 slash line with just two home runs and 10 RBI, many wondered if the Brewers had made a mistake. So far in 2021, though, Narvaez has proved the doubters wrong.
Omar Narvaez This Season
This season, Narvaez is hitting .318/.400/.493 with six home runs and 19 RBI. His .893 slugging percentage is second only to San Francisco’s Buster Posey among National League catchers. For much of the early season, Narvaez was the lone bright spot on a Brewers’ team that has struggled offensively. In addition, his clubhouse presence has helped keep the team loose in recent weeks, and the Brewers look like they are having fun again.
He Will Not Be The National League Starter
As good as Omar Narvaez has been this season, he will not (and should not) be the National League starter. That particular honor should belong to Buster Posey. After sitting out the 2019 season due to the COVID 19 pandemic, Posey has returned with his best offensive season thus far in his career. He is currently hitting .337/.411/.586 with 12 home runs and 26 RBI. If he continues at this pace, he will have a better offensive year than he did in 2012 when he was the National League MVP.
Narvaez Deserves A Spot On The Roster
That all being said, Omar Narvaez still deserves a spot on the National League All-Star roster. While he is not first among National League catchers in many offensive categories, he is still among the best in NL. He has a great deal of competition from Posey, Yadier Molina, Wilson Contreras, and Will Smith. However, Narvaez has a higher WAR than all of them other than Posey. On a Brewers’ team that may not have any other position player selected, Narvaez should get the chance to represent the team.