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2017 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 35)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
77.7 4.21 1.34 64 4 4 0 0.4
Birth Date12-20-1981
Height6' 3"
Weight205 lbs
Age35 years, 9 months, 3 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
0.02013
2014
0.22015
-0.22016
0.42017
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2006 SLN MLB 5 1 9.3 0 0 0 6 5 12 1 .264 94 5.8 4.8 1.0 11.6 27% .238 .252 1.18 3.85 4.82 88 4.50 91.6 0.1
2009 MIL MLB 21 4 47.0 2 0 0 45 16 46 7 .262 100 8.6 3.1 1.3 8.8 33% .284 .268 1.30 4.18 3.83 93 3.81 81.7 0.8
2010 MIL MLB 37 28 167.7 12 9 0 172 59 137 21 .261 95 9.2 3.2 1.1 7.4 41% .301 .278 1.38 4.24 4.99 112 5.28 119.2 -0.1
2011 MIL MLB 30 28 161.7 11 8 0 160 65 126 17 .251 104 8.9 3.6 0.9 7.0 44% .292 .262 1.39 4.02 4.45 118 5.69 132.3 -1.2
2012 MIL MLB 2 2 9.0 1 1 0 10 4 5 2 .249 100 10.0 4.0 2.0 5.0 41% .267 .337 1.56 6.24 7.00 116 5.25 120.3 -0.0
2013 MIL MLB 2 0 2.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .259 111 4.5 4.5 0.0 0.0 57% .143 .162 1.00 4.52 0.00 121 3.57 85.5 0.0
2015 MIA MLB 15 2 30.3 3 1 0 24 9 32 7 .256 91 7.1 2.7 2.1 9.5 41% .233 .262 1.09 4.94 4.45 98 4.21 98.4 0.2
2016 MIA MLB 6 0 8.3 1 0 0 10 2 6 3 .266 85 10.8 2.2 3.2 6.5 34% .269 .343 1.44 7.50 8.64 121 7.13 157.7 -0.2
CareerMLB11865435.33019042816136458.257998.83.31.27.541%.288.2711.354.294.711115.21118.6-0.3

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2000 JCY Rk 12 12 55.0 2 4 0 57 25 63 7 .000 9.3 4.1 1.1 10.3 0% -.526 .000 1.49 4.54 3.27 0 0.00 0.0
2001 PEO A 8 8 50.0 3 3 0 32 11 53 3 .000 5.8 2.0 0.5 9.5 0% -.433 .000 0.86 2.86 1.98 0 0.00 0.0
2001 POT A+ 11 11 66.7 4 3 0 52 13 53 4 .000 7.0 1.8 0.5 7.2 0% -.676 .000 0.97 3.06 2.56 0 0.00 0.0
2002 PEO A 9 9 42.3 2 1 0 49 8 36 5 .000 10.4 1.7 1.1 7.7 0% .326 .000 1.35 3.63 4.47 0 0.00 0.0
2002 JCY Rk 6 6 18.3 0 2 0 23 6 16 2 .000 11.3 3.0 1.0 7.9 0% .362 .000 1.58 4.47 4.92 0 0.00 0.0
2003 PMB A+ 15 14 91.3 7 7 0 83 19 65 4 .000 8.2 1.9 0.4 6.4 0% .283 .000 1.12 2.89 2.86 0 0.00 0.0
2003 TEN AA 10 10 57.0 4 3 0 56 26 34 6 .000 8.8 4.1 0.9 5.4 0% .276 .000 1.44 4.61 3.00 0 0.00 0.0
2004 TEN AA 23 23 127.7 5 10 0 114 51 121 11 .000 8.0 3.6 0.8 8.5 0% .289 .000 1.29 3.69 4.16 0 0.00 0.0
2004 TUL AA 4 4 20.0 0 3 0 16 13 14 1 .000 7.2 5.8 0.5 6.3 0% .250 .000 1.45 4.91 3.15 0 0.00 0.0
2005 MEM AAA 2 2 6.7 0 1 0 11 7 8 2 .257 14.8 9.4 2.7 10.7 48% .474 .000 2.69 8.58 12.09 112 7.15 113.0
2005 PAW AAA 21 20 111.3 4 5 0 109 46 66 15 .254 98 8.8 3.7 1.2 5.3 43% .276 .254 1.39 5.28 4.77 118 7.16 112.7
2006 SLN MLB 5 1 9.3 0 0 0 6 5 12 1 .264 94 5.8 4.8 1.0 11.6 27% .238 .252 1.18 3.85 4.82 88 4.50 91.6
2006 PMB A+ 3 3 17.2 0 0 0 9 1 13 2 .000 4.7 0.5 1.0 6.8 0% .152 .000 0.58 3.42 2.09 0 0.00 0.0
2006 MEM AAA 15 15 80.2 8 5 0 70 33 58 9 .259 97 7.9 3.7 1.0 6.5 37% .265 .253 1.28 4.66 2.81 127 0.00 0.0
2007 PMB A+ 3 3 10.0 0 0 0 10 3 6 1 .257 88 9.0 2.7 0.9 5.4 45% .281 .283 1.30 4.30 2.70 106 5.04 105.4
2007 MEM AAA 9 9 45.7 3 2 0 41 21 35 6 .259 94 8.1 4.1 1.2 6.9 33% .271 .251 1.36 5.15 5.71 117 5.86 112.0
2007 HER Wnt 8 8 42.7 2 2 0 34 13 38 5 .000 7.2 2.7 1.1 8.0 0% .259 .000 1.10 3.44 3.16 0 0.00 0.0
2008 NAS AAA 28 22 136.0 6 13 0 140 57 125 23 .257 103 9.3 3.8 1.5 8.3 42% .299 .269 1.45 5.18 5.43 89 3.53 90.2
2009 MIL MLB 21 4 47.0 2 0 0 45 16 46 7 .262 100 8.6 3.1 1.3 8.8 33% .284 .268 1.30 4.18 3.83 93 3.81 81.7
2009 NAS AAA 26 6 75.3 4 4 5 59 26 76 3 .279 88 7.1 3.1 0.4 9.1 51% .271 .223 1.13 3.02 3.71 65 1.21 66.2
2010 MIL MLB 37 28 167.7 12 9 0 172 59 137 21 .261 95 9.2 3.2 1.1 7.4 41% .301 .278 1.38 4.24 4.99 112 5.28 119.2
2011 MIL MLB 30 28 161.7 11 8 0 160 65 126 17 .251 104 8.9 3.6 0.9 7.0 44% .292 .262 1.39 4.02 4.45 118 5.69 132.3
2012 MIL MLB 2 2 9.0 1 1 0 10 4 5 2 .249 100 10.0 4.0 2.0 5.0 41% .267 .337 1.56 6.24 7.00 116 5.25 120.3
2013 MIL MLB 2 0 2.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .259 111 4.5 4.5 0.0 0.0 57% .143 .162 1.00 4.52 0.00 121 3.57 85.5
2013 NAS AAA 15 15 77.0 4 7 0 85 24 59 9 .261 92 9.9 2.8 1.1 6.9 41% .310 .275 1.42 4.56 5.14 104 4.53 103.6
2015 MIA MLB 15 2 30.3 3 1 0 24 9 32 7 .256 91 7.1 2.7 2.1 9.5 41% .233 .262 1.09 4.94 4.45 98 4.21 98.4
2015 JUP A+ 2 2 11.3 2 0 0 11 2 10 0 .242 96 8.7 1.6 0.0 7.9 28% .344 .230 1.15 2.19 3.18 94 4.06 102.5
2015 NWO AAA 10 4 26.0 0 3 0 38 10 29 4 .261 90 13.2 3.5 1.4 10.0 38% .425 .338 1.85 4.52 5.19 96 3.84 99.1
2016 MIA MLB 6 0 8.3 1 0 0 10 2 6 3 .266 85 10.8 2.2 3.2 6.5 34% .269 .343 1.44 7.50 8.64 121 7.13 157.7
2016 NWO AAA 20 15 89.7 4 6 0 76 30 68 10 .263 94 7.6 3.0 1.0 6.8 44% .254 .249 1.18 4.69 3.41 99 4.33 102.9
2017 COH AAA 20 17 103.0 6 7 0 98 44 62 11 .250 106 8.6 3.8 1.0 5.4 41% .268 .254 1.38 4.91 3.41 123 6.92 157.7

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2009 780 0.5000 0.4423 0.7855 0.6128 0.2718 0.8494 0.6415 0.2145
2010 2878 0.4587 0.4295 0.7945 0.5894 0.2940 0.8753 0.6572 0.2055
2011 2633 0.4459 0.4314 0.7359 0.6022 0.2940 0.8303 0.5804 0.2641
2012 158 0.3797 0.4051 0.7813 0.6167 0.2755 0.8649 0.6667 0.2188
2013 35 0.3143 0.4000 0.7143 0.7273 0.2500 0.8750 0.5000 0.2857
2015 451 0.4745 0.4479 0.7475 0.6449 0.2700 0.8188 0.5938 0.2525
2016 126 0.5159 0.3968 0.7800 0.6000 0.1803 0.7949 0.7273 0.2200
Career70610.4580.43150.76770.60180.28740.85040.62350.2323

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-04-07 2013-06-20 15-DL 74 65 Left Fingers Sprain Middle Finger - -
2012-04-16 2012-10-04 60-DL 171 152 Left Shoulder Surgery Rotator Cuff Tears 2012-05-01 -
2011-10-25 2011-10-25 Off 0 0 Left Hip Surgery 2011-10-25 -
2011-08-23 2011-08-31 DTD 8 6 Left Fingers Laceration Middle Fingernail - -
2011-08-07 2011-08-22 15-DL 15 14 Left Thumb Laceration Fixing Glove - -
2011-04-25 2011-04-25 DTD 0 0 General Medical Illness -
2007-05-10 2007-07-06 Minors 57 0 Left Shoulder Strain - -
2005-08-19 2005-09-05 Minors 17 17 Left Shoulder Surgery Labrum Surgery Date Is Estimated 2005-09-20 -
2002-04-05 2002-07-01 Minors 87 0 Left Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery Return Date Is Estimated 2001-10-05 -
2001-10-05 2001-10-05 Minors 0 0 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2001-10-05 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 CLE $
2016 MIA $1,200,000
2015 MIA $
2013 MIL $840,000
2012 MIL $500,000
2011 MIL $441,500
2010 MIL $406,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$3,388,000
5 yrTotal$3,388,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 108 dISE Baseball1 year (2017)

Details
  • 1 year (2017). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 2/14/17 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2016). Re-signed by Miami 1/9/16 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.2M in majors. Contract selected by Miami 4/3/16. DFA by Miami 4/21/16. Sent outright to Triple-A 4/24/16. Contract selected by Miami 8/9/16. DFA by Miami 8/19/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by Miami as a free agent 12/14 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Miami 8/5/15. Refused outright by Miami, elected free agency 10/13/15.
  • 2014. Signed by Yakult Swallows of Japan.
  • 1 year/$0.84M (2013). Re-signed by Milwaukee 1/10/13 (avoided arbitration). Sent outright to Triple-A by Milwaukee 6/20/13. Elected free agency 10/13.
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2012). Re-signed by Milwaukee 2/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4415M (2011). Re-signed by Milwaukee 3/1/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4065M (2010). Re-signed by Milwaukee 2/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased by Milwaukee 6/14/09. DFA by Milwaukee 7/9/09, sent outright to Triple-A 7/13/09. Contract purchased by Milwaukee 8/21/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 12/4/07 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2007). Sent outright to Triple-A by St. Louis 3/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Re-signed by St. Louis 2/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Acquired by Boston in trade from Colorado 3/05. Claimed by St. Louis off waivers from Boston 8/05.
  • 1 year (2004). Contract purchased by St. Louis 10/03. Acquired by Colorado in trade from St. Louis 8/04.
  • Drafted by St. Louis 2000 (2-53) (Skyland HS, N.C.). $0.675M signing bonus.

2017 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 5.4 4.2 0.2 26 14 90.8 80 29 69 11 .259 1.20 3.67 3.92 12.4 1.3
80o 4.9 4.2 0.2 24 13 83.9 80 29 64 11 .274 1.30 4.06 4.33 7.9 0.9
70o 4.5 4.1 0.2 23 12 79.0 79 29 60 11 .285 1.37 4.35 4.64 4.9 0.5
60o 4.1 4 0.2 21 12 75.0 79 29 57 11 .294 1.43 4.60 4.91 2.6 0.3
50o 3.9 4 0.1 20 11 71.3 78 29 54 11 .303 1.49 4.84 5.17 0.6 0.1
40o 3.6 3.9 0.1 19 11 67.7 77 28 51 11 .311 1.56 5.09 5.42 -1.2 -0.1
30o 3.3 3.8 0.1 18 10 63.9 76 28 48 11 .321 1.63 5.35 5.71 -3.1 -0.3
20o 3 3.7 0.1 17 9 59.5 75 27 45 10 .332 1.71 5.67 6.04 -4.9 -0.5
10o 2.5 3.5 0.1 15 8 53.7 72 26 41 10 .347 1.84 6.12 6.52 -7.1 -0.8
Weighted Mean3.83.90.1201170.777285411.3001.484.815.130.80.1

2017 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 9/23/2017 13:03 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 5.8 3.9 0.2 26 14 90.8 80 29 69 11 .259 1.20 3.71 3.91 11.1 1.2
80o 5.2 3.8 0.2 24 13 83.9 80 29 64 11 .274 1.30 4.10 4.33 6.6 0.7
70o 4.7 3.8 0.2 23 12 79.0 79 29 60 11 .285 1.37 4.39 4.64 3.7 0.4
60o 4.4 3.7 0.2 21 12 75.0 79 29 57 11 .294 1.43 4.64 4.9 1.5 0.2
50o 4.1 3.7 0.1 20 11 71.3 78 29 54 11 .303 1.49 4.88 5.16 -0.5 -0.1
40o 3.8 3.6 0.1 19 11 67.7 77 28 51 11 .311 1.56 5.12 5.42 -2.3 -0.2
30o 3.5 3.5 0.1 18 10 63.9 76 28 48 11 .321 1.63 5.39 5.7 -4.0 -0.4
20o 3.1 3.4 0.1 17 9 59.5 75 27 45 10 .332 1.71 5.71 6.03 -5.7 -0.6
10o 2.7 3.3 0.1 15 8 53.7 72 26 41 10 .347 1.83 6.16 6.51 -7.8 -0.9
Weighted Mean4.13.60.1201170.777285411.3001.484.855.12-0.2-0.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
7% 17% 5% 7% 24%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2017 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
2018365603116116101501161438.3021.303.954.747.83.99.01.10.8
2019377804020149157681352038.3371.514.355.239.54.18.11.20.4
2020386703719140126591241838.2991.324.305.178.13.88.01.20.4
202139110632124917538.3141.555.987.1810.13.87.22.1-0.4

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 74)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 93 Travis Smith 2008 0.00 DNP
2 91 Nelson Figueroa 2009 4.22
3 91 Tsuyoshi Wada 2016 0.00 DNP
4 87 Claudio Vargas 2013 0.00 DNP
5 86 Jared Fernandez 2007 0.00 DNP
6 85 Chris Oxspring 2012 0.00 DNP
7 85 Brian Lawrence 2011 0.00 DNP
8 84 Chris Bootcheck 2014 0.00 DNP
9 84 Chien-Ming Wang 2015 0.00 DNP
10 84 Brandon Duckworth 2011 0.00 DNP
11 84 Aaron Small 2007 0.00 DNP
12 83 Seth Etherton 2012 0.00 DNP
13 82 Ken Ray 2010 0.00 DNP
14 81 Les Walrond 2012 0.00 DNP
15 81 Tim Redding 2013 0.00 DNP
16 81 Tomo Ohka 2011 0.00 DNP
17 80 Jeremy Powell 2011 0.00 DNP
18 79 Travis Driskill 2007 9.00
19 79 John Wasdin 2008 0.00 DNP
20 79 Chris Smith 2016 3.63
21 78 Brian Mazone 2012 0.00 DNP
22 78 Vladimir Nunez 2010 0.00 DNP
23 78 Alan Benes 2007 0.00 DNP
24 77 Daisuke Matsuzaka 2016 0.00 DNP
25 77 Jeff Bennett 2015 0.00 DNP
26 77 R.A. Dickey 2010 3.20
27 77 Robert Ellis 2006 0.00 DNP
28 76 Denny Stark 2010 0.00 DNP
29 76 Scott Richmond 2015 0.00 DNP
30 76 Chris Sampson 2013 0.00 DNP
31 76 Chris Jakubauskas 2014 0.00 DNP
32 75 Marty McLeary 2010 0.00 DNP
33 75 D.J. Carrasco 2012 7.36
34 75 Shawn Hill 2016 0.00 DNP
35 74 Brian Gordon 2014 0.00 DNP
36 74 Mark DiFelice 2012 0.00 DNP
37 74 Kris Benson 2010 5.79
38 74 Mark Redman 2009 0.00 DNP
39 73 Raul Valdes 2013 7.46
40 73 Chris Michalak 2006 5.40
41 73 Aaron Cook 2014 0.00 DNP
42 72 Tim Hamulack 2012 0.00 DNP
43 72 Jeff Francis 2016 0.00 DNP
44 72 Brian Sanches 2014 0.00 DNP
45 72 Chan Ho Park 2008 4.06
46 72 Bruce Chen 2012 5.35
47 72 Buddy Carlyle 2013 0.00 DNP
48 72 Julio Manon 2008 0.00 DNP
49 72 Randy Williams 2011 6.48
50 72 Chin-hui Tsao 2016 5.40
51 71 Clay Rapada 2016 0.00 DNP
52 71 Scott Atchison 2011 3.26
53 71 Alberto Castillo 2011 2.31
54 71 Matt Palmer 2014 0.00 DNP
55 71 Jason Johnson 2009 0.00 DNP
56 70 John Bale 2009 6.35
57 70 Bryan Corey 2009 0.00 DNP
58 69 Nate Bump 2012 0.00 DNP
59 69 Randy Choate 2011 2.55
60 69 Stephen Randolph 2009 0.00 DNP
61 69 Chad Paronto 2011 0.00 DNP
62 69 Rick Sutcliffe 1991 4.75
63 69 Art Fowler 1958 0.00 DNP
64 69 Steve Trachsel 2006 5.14
65 68 Jose Lima 2008 0.00 DNP
66 68 Cory Lidle 2007 0.00 DNP
67 68 Shawn Estes 2008 5.36
68 68 Darren Oliver 2006 3.67
69 68 Ryan Franklin 2008 3.89
70 68 Rodrigo Lopez 2011 5.07
71 68 Elmer Dessens 2006 5.14
72 68 Orel Hershiser 1994 4.46
73 68 Braden Looper 2010 0.00 DNP
74 68 Rich Hill 2015 1.55
75 68 Mark Buehrle 2014 3.70
76 68 Eric Stults 2015 5.85
77 68 Lou Pote 2007 0.00 DNP
78 68 Juan Perez 2014 0.00 DNP
79 68 Geoff Zahn 1981 5.19
80 68 Josh Kinney 2014 0.00 DNP
81 68 John Halama 2007 0.00 DNP
82 68 Mark Hendrickson 2009 5.14
83 68 Chris Young 2014 3.82
84 68 Jarrod Washburn 2010 0.00 DNP
85 68 Karl Drews 1955 0.00 DNP
86 68 Jason Childers 2010 0.00 DNP
87 68 Brad Radke 2008 0.00 DNP
88 67 Nate Robertson 2013 0.00 DNP
89 67 Ryan Vogelsong 2013 6.34
90 67 Kevin Correia 2016 0.00 DNP
91 67 Carl Pavano 2011 4.99
92 67 Ramiro Mendoza 2007 0.00 DNP
93 67 Denny Bautista 2016 0.00 DNP
94 67 Kyle Lohse 2014 3.95
95 67 Esteban Loaiza 2007 5.79
96 67 Barry Zito 2013 6.34
97 67 Mike Flanagan 1987 4.50
98 67 Tim Hudson 2011 3.60
99 67 Joe Nuxhall 1964 4.25
100 67 Bob Rush 1961 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .189 .275 .358 .230
11 vs R (Multi) .271 .321 .518 .312
18 Split (Multi) -.083 -.046 -.160 -.081
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.020 -.022 -.064 -.025
30 vs L (2016) .333 .429 .667 .397
31 vs R (2016) .261 .292 .522 .311
38 Split (2016) .072 .137 .145 .086
39 LgAvg (2016) -.022 -.023 -.071 -.028

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 Come to think of it, there sure were a lot of stories of perseverance on last year's awful Marlins team—not, most likely, a coincidence, and not, necessarily, a winning strategy. Absent for most of the previous three seasons, Narveson has now suffered through a Tommy John surgery, two major shoulder procedures, another on his hip, a relatively unsuccessful turn in Japan and a bunch of annoying hot dog/sandwich debates without losing his career (or sanity). He finally got back on the mound in the Western hemisphere with the best velocity he'd shown since 2009 and a markedly deeper curveball that suddenly generated whiffs at a borderline-elite rate in his two months with Miami. (The home runs, though. Whoa, the home runs.) Say what you will about the Marlins' way of doing things, but it does create opportunities for guys willing to play for relative scraps, and those guys are often the ones you root for.
2014 Twelve pitchers got a shot to join the Brewers' depleted rotation, but fate gave Chris Narveson the middle finger (sprain). He missed 74 games with the injury, then was hammered in 15 Triple-A starts. His soft-tossing arsenal was barely clinging to major-league credibility as it was, and it's unlikely the 31-year-old will find a better chance at a consistent gig than he had, and blew, in 2013.
2013 It’s been a good story so far. Saddled with marginal lefty stuff and a name seemingly designed to be shouted by an angry sitcom boss—“Narveson! Get in here!”—a young starter toils away in the minors for a full decade before improbably earning his shot, posts two credible seasons in a big-league rotation, then suffers a season-ending shoulder injury that clouds his future. Can he bounce back? Will he still have the moxie to retire major-league hitters with a mid-80s fastball and three unremarkable off-speed pitches, fulfilling his fifth-starter dreams? Tune in this spring to find out.
2012 Narveson sometimes wows with his stuff, as in: "Wow! How did he get away with throwing that stuff to major-league hitters?" But changing the pitch type, location, and velocity in thousands of permutations allowed him to knock half a run off his ERA in 2011 and enjoy results like a true rotation member. Considering his ERA (4.73) minus FIP (4.14) is the eighth-largest gap among pitchers with 324 or more innings over the past two seasons, he enters 2012 as a strong candidate to improve his ERA yet again.
2011 Not to be confused with Ned (The Head) Ryerson, Narveson must have felt like he was living the same bad day over and over during his 10-year minor-league odyssey, but Milwaukee’s pitching woes provided him with the chance he needed to break the cycle. He started the year in the pen but was moved to the rotation in late April, where he won more than he lost and pitched better than his 4.99 ERA would indicate. Narveson pitches backward, using three off-speed pitches to set up his upper-80s fastball, changing eye levels and crossing his fingers that all the resulting fly balls stay in the yard—though part of his success this year stemmed from a higher ground-ball rate. Narveson looks to be a perfectly acceptable fifth starter, and while that’s nothing special, it’s surprising how hard it can be to find one when you really need one.
2010 If it feels like Narveson has spent a decade spinning his wheels, that’s because he has, but it might be that the former Cardinals second-round pick is finally getting some traction. Injuries have plagued him during his years in the bus leagues, but last year he moved to the pen, saw his walk and strikeout numbers move in the right direction, and topped off his first extended major-league stay with four impressive late-season starts. Narveson has fringy stuff, sets up his upper-80s fastball with a big looping curve and a passable changeup, throws strikes, and suffers recurrent bouts of Gopher Ball Syndrome. With the Brewers desperate for mound help, he may well break camp as a bullpen lefty, but if Rick Peterson can help Narveson channel his inner Zito, it’s not crazy to think he could work his way into the back end of the rotation.
2008 Shoulder and knee problems put another detour on Chris Narveson's long comeback trail last year; he was ineffective when he was able to take the mound
2007 Chris Narveson should get a shot at the Cards` half-full rotation, but another year in Triple-A seems more likely as he continues on his seemingly endless hamster-wheel trip back from the Tommy John surgery he had five years ago.
2005 Part of the tribute for Larry Walker, Narveson kind of stalled out in 2004, which isn't really that surprising, given that his ERA had been below what would be predicted by his peripherals at pretty much every stop he's ever made. He's a Grade C prospect, with the potential to move up as he moves another year further from his Tommy John surgery.
2004 Stuff-wise, there's a lot to like about Narveson; injury-wise, there's very little to like. He already underwent Tommy John surgery in 2001, and last season battled shoulder tendinitis. When he's healthy, he can throw his fastball in the low 90s and also get his curve, slider, and change over for strikes. Although he struggled with his command at Double-A last season, the Cards have him slated to open 2004 in Memphis. Health and command concerns may eventually force him to the bullpen.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-06-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have a very strong pitching staff in a long term keeper Strat-O-Matic 16 team league and I only need five starters. Which five of these would you keep? Josh Beckett, Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Zack Greinke, CJ Wilson, Jordan Zimmermann, Clayton Kershaw, Derek Holland, Alexi Ogando, and Chris Narveson. Keep in mind I can keep them forever.
(jhardman from Apex, NC)
Lincecum, Kershaw, Greinke, and Cain seem like obvious choices. I'd probably go with Beckett for the last spot, though Wilson might be safer, given Beckett's age and injury history. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-09-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)You are the GM of the Brewers, obviously you need pitching to go behind Gallardo and Wolf (who hasn't been bad the second half)...Who do you get? And I don't think you can get much for Fielder (may be 1 starter)...what do you do...Trade Gamel and Lawrie for more? Keep Fielder and just halfway upgrade? Trade Corey Hart?
(JT from MKE)
I would rather trade Prince Fielder at this point. In the years when his power isn't all-world, his lack of defense cuts into his value big time. The optimism of the offseason will cause someone to give up what the Brewers need if they want to shop him, much more so than during the regular season when they were listening to teams.

Chris Narveson has looked pretty good as of late, though I'm not sure how sustainable it is. Getting Manny Parra out of the rotation is probably for the best. They may want to go for some league average guys who can strike out some batters, because that defense still isn't any good. (Marc Normandin)
2010-05-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jay Could you rank the following pitchers going forward: Bud Norris, Kenshin Kawakami, John Ely and Chris Narveson. Thanks
(Ed from Cranford, NJ)
Except for Ely, they're all sporting pretty high ERAs at the moment. Narveson has shown he can can miss bats, which is pretty handy for a lefty, Kawakami and Norris showed they belonged at the major league level last year. Ely certainly didn't register as the type of stopper he's been in the past two outings, so I worry that his success may be more short-lived. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)How many starts do the Brewers give Suppan? Not that their alternatives are very attractive, but we know how this movie ends, right?
(Mike W from Chicago)
It sounds as though the Brewers are closing in on the decision to make David Bush their #4 behind Gallardo, Wolf and Davis, which leaves Manny Parra, Chris Narveson and Suppan battling for one spot. Narveson made a good impression last year, and has further helped his cause this spring, while Parra seems to have really clicked with Rick Peterson and seems eager to mend his wayward ways. I don't think it's out of the question that the Brewers concede Suppan is a sunk cost and cut him by the end of the spring.

And a good riddance it will be. (Jay Jaffe)


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Chris Narveson has thrown 7,482 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2017, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2017, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (89mph), also mixing in a Cutter (84mph), Change (83mph) and Curve (74mph).