When the Chicago White Sox moved on from AJ Pierzynski, it was Tyler Flowers’ job to lose. After a very promising first week to the season, many — including myself — were all aboard the “T-Flo” bandwagon. However, with June approaching, that bandwagon has halted to a complete stop, and Flowers could lose his job to the White Sox farmhand Josh Phegley.
No matter how good or mediocre a prospect is for a team, it seems that organizations love to wait until June to call up their top dogs. The reason for this is quite simple, really — teams want to take all the precautions necessary to avoid a “Super -2” arbitration status. I’m willing to bet that is Rick Hahn’s thinking on why Phegley is still in Charlotte, because there is no other reasonable explanation as to why he is still down there.
Phegley’s slash line is a ridiculous .347/.409/.686 for the Knights. That type of offensive production would be very welcome on the Southside of Chicago, given the fact that the combination of Flowers and Hector Gimenez isn’t really producing at the plate.
When June rolls around, I bet the Sox will send down or DFA Gimenez (I don’t know if he has options left or not) and bring up Phegley. This decision, then, will hopefully give Flowers some motivation to pick up his game offensively. Even if Phegley produced offensively for the White Sox, I’m going to assume Flowers would still catch a majority of games because of how he handles the pitching staff.
Nevertheless, the White Sox might have something in Josh Phegley. Let’s just hope that his Triple-A success transitions to the Big Leagues.