Originally written on Sports Mockery  |  Last updated 3/17/14
Chicago White Sox Baseball — Tyler Flowers will be the starting catcher for the Chicago White Sox to start the 2014 regular season. Flowers has been the front runner for quite some time and Ventura confirmed it over the weekend. With Opening Day two weeks away, now the battle for backup catcher will be on the radar. Those fighting for the role are Josh Phegley, Hector Gimenez and Adrian Nieto. “We have a long way to go,” Ventura said. “They’re just competing. It’s wide open until we name somebody. They need to compete.” There are pretty interesting circumstances for these guys should they not win the job. Phegley could be sent down to AAA to continue to get every day playing time and continue to develop. Nieto, who is a rule 5 draft pick, could be on his way back to Washington to rejoin the Nationals. Finally, Gimenez who has the least AB’s this spring,  could step into the role almost by default based on the above scenarios. However, with some time before Opening Day, anything can happen from now until then. Spring Training Stats Flowers: 26 AB, .231 BA, .286 OBP, 1 HR, 3 RBI Phegley: 20 AB, .250 BA, .250 OBP, 1 HR, 1 RBI Nieto: 13 AB, .231 BA, .333 OBP, 0 HR, 5 RBI Gimenez: 8 AB, .125 BA, .125 OBP, 0 HR, 2 RBI Spring Training stats don’t mean much but it’s interesting to see how these four have performed so far, which seem very underwhelming and hopefully means the White Sox aren’t in for another down year at the catcher position on the offensive side. Why Flowers Again? Tyler Flowers has a good connection with the pitching staff, especially Chris Sale, who loves working with him, so he does bring value to the team even if his hitting is less than par. Flowers hasn’t really lived up to his potential, which begs the question; “what are the Sox waiting for?” Are they trying to bring in someone else? Or give Phegley a second chance at being the starter after some more development? You have to wonder just how much Tyler’s chemistry plays into the White Sox choice to make him as the guy, but based on his numbers that seems to be the only logical answer. Only Time Will Tell Fans can get quite restless easily enough, and it Flowers isn’t hitting, there will be a lot of people calling for change. There has been some speculation that the Sox have interest in Francisco Cervelli, who is having a pretty ridiculous spring thus far. That would very well change things (possibly for the better) for Chicago and help avoid deja vu of last season but for now Flowers is the guy. It would be interesting to see what Nieto, Gimenez, Phegley or Cervelli could bring to the table given the opportunity, something that could come sooner rather than later depending how things start out. The rest of Spring Training will at least give an idea of the near future with where the other guys end up. So for now all fans can do is sit back and hope that Tyler Flowers is going to bring more than just his experience to the table in 2014. But if the White Sox are winning and Flowers isn’t performing at the plate, it won’t mean much and you have to believe that Robin Ventura and company knew what they were doing all along. Photo: Naples News, Chicago Sun-Times Sourcs: CSN Chicago; Chicago White Sox
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