Mariners’ new backstop Omar Narváez playing catch up with new staff

By JACK MAGRUDER
Associated Press

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) – Omar Narváez is expected to do plenty with the bat as the Seattle Mariners new catcher.

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In his first spring training with the organization, he’s doing some important work with a 5 iron, too.

Narváez has come into camp committed to establishing a rapport with Seattle’s young pitching staff, and he’s putting in overtime on that effort. The 27-year-old isn’t just talking shop around the clubhouse and the dugout – he’s also played golf with several of the team’s pitchers already, and he’s using the time learn about his battery mates.

“The more you know the guys, the more it’s going to help me to call the game better,” Narváez said. “I like (golf), so that way, it makes it easy for me to meet everybody.”

Narváez is expected to start the majority of Seattle’s games after being acquired from the Chicago White Sox for reliever Alex Colomé in November. David Frietas is the top reserve catching candidate.

Narváez, a left-handed hitter, was quietly one of baseball’s best offensive catchers last season, hitting .275 with nine homers and a .794 OPS over 97 games.

“He’s very comfortable with the bat in his hand,” manager Scott Servais said.

To start spring training, Narváez has put an emphasis on the other side of the ball, working on his defense and building relationships with the staff. He studied video of his new pitchers before even arriving for camp.

“That pitcher-catcher relationship is huge,” Servais said. “It’s the core of your team. You are driven by the guy on the mound. … It’s the mental connection and understanding how to get the most out of the that guy on the mound. On a particular day, what is his best stuff? Taking all the …read more

Source:: MyNorthwest.com – Sports

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