It's been an interesting 2009 for Chris Narveson. After starting the season in Nashville, his tenth minor league team in his tenth minor league season, Narveson earned a call up to the big leagues for just the second time on June 13. He had a rough outing against the Indians two days later, allowing three earned runs on three hits and three walks in 1.2 innings, and followed it up by allowing three more runs in 2.2 innings to the Tigers four days later. All told, Narveson racked up an 8.44 ERA in his first nine outings as a Brewer, and was designated for assignment on July 8. He went unclaimed and would later be outrighted to Nashville.
Since then, though, things have gone pretty well for him. He pitched out of the bullpen upon his return to Nashville, and on August 22 the Brewers put him back on the 40 man roster and, amid much groaning around here, recalled him to the big leagues. Needless to say, our expectations were low, but he's pitched pretty well since returning, posting a 2.20 ERA in 16.1 innings, and yesterday he made his first major league start since 2006, pitching 3+ innings on three days' rest and holding the D-Backs scoreless for three innings before allowing hits to three consecutive batters in the fourth and getting pulled.
Narveson has been primarily a starter throughout his minor league career, and had appeared in relief just eight times in the five seasons prior to 2009. He'll turn 28 in December, and as a player with less than a full season of service time, would be available to the Brewers for the league minimum in 2010 and 2011, should they decide to keep him on the roster. Should they? Let me know your thoughts in the poll below.