While all the attention on the south side of Chicago has been put on Adam Dunn’s struggling bat, there have been other culprits who helped plunge the White Sox to the basement of the American League Central.
Quietly Catcher Tyler Flowers is having one of the worst seasons among catcher in major league baseball. Following Thursday’s game against the Minnesota Twins, Flowers is now hitting a paltry .210.
When Flowers was coming up through the Atlanta Braves farm system, he was supposed to be a player with a great bat and a suspect glove. The Braves at one time thought so highly of Flowers bat that they pondered on whether to move him to the outfield.
But six years later, his bat simply has not developed like so many people had hoped in the White Sox scouting department. After now five seasons with the White Sox, Flowers brings a career .206 avg.
His defense hasn’t gotten much better either, as Flowers will never be mistaken for Johnny Bench behind the plate. He still has a hard time controlling opponents running games, as he is now only throwing out 26 percent of would be base runners. Blocking pitches in the dirt will also never a forte.
The biggest question most fans have is: Do the White Sox have any in house candidates from their baron farm system? The surprising answer is yes and his name is Josh Phegley.
The former Mr. Baseball in the state of Indiana is hitting .327 with 9 home runs through 29 games in triple A Charlotte. Phegley does bring a questionable defense, but at this point, how can manager Robin Ventura keep putting the lifeless Flowers in the line up?