As reported on Da Windy City by Michael Whitlow in an article you can read here, Tyler Flowers has been named the Chicago White Sox catcher for Opening Day. While the move is definitely not surprising, it still does not look like the answer at the position. With only Flowers and Josh Phegley projected to be on the active roster once the regular season begins, the position is still a mess and doesn’t appear to be fixed any time soon.
Flowers has always been the supposed answer at the position, and was expected to finally step up into a starting role once A.J. Pierzynski left town, yet has been unable to keep his role. Last season Phegley was very unimpressive as Catcher, yet still played in 65 games due to the inability of Flowers to take that place. Phegley batted only .205 while hitting four home runs and driving in 22 RBIs. These statistics are horrible for a starting fielder at any position, yet Flowers was, as mentioned, unable to pry the everyday catcher job away from Phegley.
The White Sox desperately need help at the catcher position, and it seems more and more apparent that neither Flowers nor Phegley will be that answer. While some teams have a history of building up solid catchers and making big moves in free agency to bolster the position, the White Sox seem more and more content with just treading water with sub-par players at these positions. If the team wants to make a splash soon and contend for a division crown, they will need a catcher who can play everyday and not be a liability. They need a catcher that isn’t Flowers or Phegley.