With the departure of A.J. Pierzynski this offseason, the Chicago White Sox turned to unproven catcher Tyler Flowers. Although Flowers had shown flashes of being an everyday catcher while backing up Pierzynski, the 27-year-old backstop came into 2013 as one of the biggest question marks for the Pale Hose.
Unfortunately, Flowers hasn’t produced offensively for the Sox and the absence of Pierzynski has certainly shown on the south side as Chicago’s offense sits near the bottom of the league. With a triple-slash line of .209/.277/.349, Flowers’ struggling bat is one of the many reasons the Sox find themselves three games under .500.
The White Sox may have a solution for the slumping Flowers, however. Josh Phegley is having a break out season for the Sox’ Triple-A affiliate, the Charlotte Knights, and many have already called for the 25-year-old catcher to replace Flowers. With 11 HR, 30 RBIs and a .325/.384/.636 triple-slash line, it’s easy to see why Phegley is drawing plenty attention.
Although Phegley has made a lot of noise this year in Charlotte, the right-handed slugger has never played in the MLB. Like they did with Flowers, Chicago would be taking a risk with allowing Phegley to take over as their everyday backstop. That being said, I’m not sure if his production could be any more frustrating than Flowers’ at this point.
Right now, I wouldn’t expect the Sox to give up on Flowers and call up Phegley. However, if Chicago’s offense is still faltering near the All-Star break and Flowers remains a reason why, I believe Phegley will make his Major League debut.
Phegley might not be the next A.J. Pierzynski, but as long as he puts up even average numbers once called up, the Tyler Flowers’ era in Chicago could be over before it really began.