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12/20/1981 (35 y, 2 m, 3 d)
2000 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 13, Overall: 53, Team: St. Louis Cardinals
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Narveson signed a minor-league contract with the Indians on Tuesday, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. (2/14/2017)
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The Brewers’ main job this summer is to improve a depleted starting rotation, one in which Chris Narveson is currently projected as the No. 3 or No. 4 starter. The lefty nearly reached a 5.00 ERA and 1.38 WHIP, walking 3.2 batters per 9.0 innings. Right-handed hitters hit .280/.342/.474 off of him. Barring a free-agency spending spree, Narveson should stay in the Brewers’ rotation because of his durability and strikeout ability. Unfortunately, until he figures out better control for himself and less contact from hitters, his only fantasy use will be cumulative statistics like wins and strikeouts. Keep watch of the Brewers’ rotation situation. If Narveson can keep the No. 4 starter’s spot for most of the 2011 season, he should get 180 innings of 4.70 ERA ball, maintaining at least seven strikeouts per nine innings. Not exactly the starting pitcher you want on your pre-rankings list, but certainly a replacement-level pitcher who adds value depending on your fantasy strategy. (Albert Lyu)
The Quick Opinion:
Narveson should start out in the Brewers' rotation because of his durability and strikeout ability. However, he is more of a replacement-level pitcher, adding value to wins and strikeouts instead of ERA and WHIP.
Narveson entered the starting rotation full-time in 2011 and posted career highs in ground ball rate (42.4%) and swinging strike rate (10.4%). However, the walk-rate increased from 3.0 to 3.6, and he once again posted an ERA nearly a half-run higher than his FIP, this time 4.45 against 4.06. The 30-year-old lefty is in line to be the Brewers' fifth starter for a second straight season and could be a viable mixed-league starter with a tiny step forward. (Jack Moore)
The Quick Opinion:
Narveson continued to put up good peripherals in 2011. He'll need to cut down on the walks to take the next step in 2012.
Narveson had thrown 160 innings in 2010 and 2011 before suffering a torn rotator cuff and labrum in his throwing shoulder. His strikeout rate in each of the last three seasons has been below average and his career 3.40 BB/9 walk rate leads to a high WHIP. So, even when healthy, he doesn’t provide much value in fantasy formats. However, he would benefit from a strong Brewers offense if he logs a higher-than-expected win total because of that. His velocity needs to rebound from last year, as he only averaged 86.6 mph on his fastball. Of course, if he is shuffled to the bullpen, fantasy owners shouldn’t worry about drafting Narveson. He won’t sniff save any save situations and shouldn’t strikeout enough to matter. The left-hander only deserves a look in very deep NL-only leagues, and even then, only if he breaks camp in the starting rotation. (JP Breen)
The Quick Opinion:
Attempting to return from season-ending shoulder surgery in 2012, Chris Narveson's ultimate fantasy value will be contingent upon his role: will he start or will he be the long reliever in the bullpen?
The southpaw spent 2013 battling injuries and laboring to a 5.14 ERA in Triple-A Nashville. He recently agreed to a one-year deal to pitch in Japan, so at most, he's a fringe option in deeper NPB fantasy leagues. (JP Breen)
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