Omar David Narváez (born February 10, 1992) is a Venezuelan professional baseball catcher for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Career

Minor League

At the age of 16, on July 4, 2008, Narváez signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Rays organization. In 2009, he made his professional debut with the VSL Rays of the Venezuelan Summer League . In 47 games, Narváez posted a .315 batting average and 27 runs batted in. [8] He remained with the VSL Rays in 2010, batting .308 in 46 games, with one homer and 20 RBI. [8] Narváez also earned 27 walks compared to only 11 strikeouts . [8]

Narváez joined the GCL Rays of the Gulf Coast League for the 2011 season. In 47 games, his average dipped to .221 and he drove in 15 runs. [8] His batting average climbed back to .305 in 2012, when Narváez joined the Princeton Rays of the Appalachian League . In 43 games, he tallied one homer and 16 RBI. [8]

In 2013, Narváez was promoted above Rookie–level for the first time in his career. He joined the Hudson Valley Renegades of the Single–A New York–Penn League . He batted .267 in 39 games, driving in 13 runs. [8] On December 12, Narváez was acquired by the Chicago White Sox via the Rule 5 draft .

Narváez split the 2014 season between the Kannapolis Intimidators and the Winston-Salem Dash . With Kannapolis, a member of the mid Single–A South Atlantic League , Narváez saw action in 38 games. He batted .291 and drove in 20 runs. [8] Narváez also appeared in 47 games with Winston-Salem of the high Single–A Carolina League , where he batted .279, with 2 homers, 16 RBI, 27 walks, and 21 strikeouts. [8] Narváez played in a total of 85 games in 2014, well surpassing his prior career high of 47 appearances (in 2009 and 2011). [8]

Narváez remained with Winston-Salem for the 2015 season. He saw action 98 games and posted a .274 average, one home run, 27 RBI, 40 walks, and 31 strikeouts. [8] He also appeared in 13 games for Bravos de Margarita of the Venezuelan Winter League . [8]

Narváez spent the 2016 season with a pair of Chicago's minor league affiliates, the AA Birmingham Barons and the AAA Charlotte Knights , as well as the parent club. He batted .222 in 13 games with Birmingham and .245 in 41 appearances for Charlotte. [8]

Major League

Narváez was called up to the Major Leagues for the first time on July 6, 2016. [9] He made his MLB debut on July 17 against the Los Angeles Angels and he doubled off pitcher Jered Weaver in his first at-bat. [10] Narváez hit his first MLB home run, a solo shot off Minnesota Twins reliever Pat Dean , on September 30, [11] [12] his father's birthday. [13] Overall, Narváez saw action in 34 games for the White Sox and posted a .267 batting average, one home run, and 10 runs batted in.

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