Earlier today, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina had to pull out of the All-Star Game due to injury. With another catcher needed for the team, Omar Narvaez was a strong candidate considering his stellar season. It ended up paying off, as the Brewers catcher was named to the team, making it the fifth Brewers player on the team. It’s the third straight game where the Brewers have had five players named to the team.
With the addition of Omar Narváez, the #Brewers now have a franchise-record five All-Stars for the third time, all consecutively: 2018, 2019 and 2021 (no game in 2020).— Mike Vassallo (@MikeVassallo13) July 10, 2021
Here is the list of players named to each of those games:
- 2018: Jesus Aguilar, Lorenzo Cain, Josh Hader, Jeremy Jeffress, Christian Yelich
- 2019: Yasmani Grandal, Josh Hader, Mike Moustakas, Brandon Woodruff, Christian Yelich
- 2021: Corbin Burnes, Josh Hader, Omar Narvaez, Freddy Peralta, Brandon Woodruff
After a disappointing 2020, Narvaez has bounced back completely. He has gone from a batting line of .176/.294/.269 in 2020 to .301/.39 7/.471 in 2021. His wRC+ has jumped from 60 to 137. In addition to that, he’s hit 8 home runs and driven in 26 this season. He’s also been strong behind the plate, with 13-of-36 runners caught stealing (27% CS compared to 22% league average). On FanGraphs, his value has been an almost even split between offense and defense. He also leads the Brewers position players with 2.9 fWAR and is second in the NL in fWAR (only behind Buster Posey of the Giants).
With that addition, that should be it for Brewers in the All-Star Game. The game is set for July 13, but the Brewers have one more game to play before the break.