The Chicago White Sox promoted catcher Omar Narvaez to the major league roster last week. He has yet to appear in a game, but let's take a look at what he may offer in the future.
Narvaez was originally signed by the Tampa Bay Rays as a free agent from Venezuela back in 2008. He drew some notice hitting .305/.380/.384 in the rookie-level Appalachian League in 2012 but was unable to distinguish himself from the pack of prospects in the Rays system. The White Sox selected him in the minor league phase of the 2013 Rule 5 draft.
Narvaez has shown some on-base ability in the Sox system, hitting .285/.365/.348 with 36 walks and 32 strikeouts in 267 at-bats in A-ball in 2014 and .274/.352/.313 with 40 walks and just 31 strikeouts in 339 at-bats in High-A in 2015. This year he was hitting .239/.291/.314 with 13 walks and 25 strikeouts in 188 at-bats in his first look at Double-A and Triple-A competition.
He is a left-handed hitter listed at 5-11, 215, born February 10, 1992. Although strong enough to hit for power he's never really done so, focusing on contact. He shines on defense, throwing out 41% of runners in his career while showing low passed ball and error rates.
At present he looks like a backup catcher who will depend on his glove for playing time, but his ability to make contact is an asset and at age 24 there's still time for him to show more power eventually.