The Chicago White Sox decided to go in a different direction with their catching position this season, letting A.J. Pierzynski leave in free agency, which allowed Tyler Flowers to take over the full-time position. Flowers is proving that the team made the right choice with his start to the season, and has three home runs and six RBIs to provide a solid power source from behind the plate.
Flowers may only be hitting .195, but I think the White Sox decided on the right catcher. Pierzynski was getting older and while Flowers isn’t exactly young at 27, he is still younger than Pierzynski. The beginning of the season has seen the White Sox depend way too much on the long ball, but the team is still 7-8 going into Thursday’s play.
Flowers needs to improve his batting average going forward though because unless he plans to become the next Adam Dunn, an average below. 200 isn’t going to work without 40 home runs.
It had been a long time coming for Flowers to finally hit another home run after going through a 1-for-25 slump before having two hits and a home run on Wednesday. There is still a ton for Flowers to learn before he can become one of the best catchers in all of MLB, but he is on the right track.
The White Sox have a keeper even if I disagreed with their decision in the offseason. Flowers will likely finish with at least 15 home runs and even with that low average, should get the White Sox to a .500 season.