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Tyler Flowers’ struggles lead White Sox to call up Josh Phegley

Jul 5, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

Josh Phegley AP

Tyler Flowers was handed the starting catcher job following A.J. Pierzynski‘s departure as a free agent, but he’s hit just .206 with 70 strikeouts in 64 games and now the White Sox are bringing in another option behind the plate.

Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports that the White Sox are calling up Triple-A catcher Josh Phegley, who’s hitting .316 with 15 homers, 18 doubles, and a .966 OPS in 61 games for Charlotte.

That’s certainly production worthy of a call-up, but Phegley is 25 years old and has never hit anywhere near that well before. Last season at Triple-A he hit just .266 with six homers and a .680 OPS in 102 games and his career slugging percentage in five seasons as a minor leaguer is .417.

Pierzynski, meanwhile, has hit .280 with seven homers and a .745 OPS in 62 games for the Rangers to basically match his career averages at age 36.

  1. shapht - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    It’s hard not to be happy for this guy.. Phegley’s minor league numbers pre-2013 don’t tell the whole story. He’s been spending much of his pro career reclaiming his skills after struggling with an autoimmune disorder called ITP. He finished second nationally to Buster Posey in batting average as a sophomore at Indiana and is a former first-round pick… I’m really curious to see how he fares in the bigs.

    The Charlotte Observer did a great piece on him recently: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/07/02/4144588/knights-catcher-overcomes-struggles.html

  2. jtpercell - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    PHEGLEY.

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