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Josh Phegley is the new Yasiel Puig

Jul 11, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

Josh Phegley AP

Puigmania is over. It’s old news. Could there be any better illustration than the fact that Freddie Freeman beat out Yasiel in a popularity contest this week?

It’s OK, though. White Sox catcher Josh Phegley is the new big thing. He hit a grand slam Thursday in the White Sox’s 6-3 win over the Tigers, giving him three homers in his first five games.

The 25-year-old Phegley is the 29th player in major league history to hit three homers in his first five games. Only Mike Jacobs and Puig have managed four. Other recent players to hit three include Manny Machado, Yoenis Cespedes, Will Middlebrooks and Yasmani Grandal.

Phegley’s eight RBI through five games is tied for the 10th highest total in big league history. Jack Merson, Danny Espinosa and Puig had 10 RBI through five games. Hall of Famer Paul Molitor is among the players with nine.

A 2009 supplemental first-round pick out of Indiana, Phegley took a big step forward by hitting .316/.368/.597 with 15 homers in 231 at-bats for Triple-A Charlotte prior to his callup last week. He hit just .266/.306/.373 with six homers in 394 at-bats last year for the same team. While this year may prove to be something of a fluke for him offensively, he has overtaken Tyler Flowers in the White Sox’s plans, and he’s probably going to be the team’s primary catcher going forward.

Now if only Salvador Perez will back out so we can get him on the All-Star team where he belongs.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jul 11, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    The weird ginger kid from Diary of a Wimpy Kid?

    (Yeah, I know that movie….s’what?)

    • necrondi - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      He’s not ginger. Once, again you prove to be one of the most daft posters in internet history.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 12, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        The kid in Diary of a Wimpy Kid most definitely was a ginger.

        http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110227034848/doawk/images/6/62/Fregley-Diary_of_a_Wimpy_Kid_movie.jpg

  2. qcubed3 - Jul 11, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Thank you Josh for the only good news the ChiSox will have all season.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 11, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Alas, it is too late to vote for him to be an All Star.

  4. 11thstreetmafia - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Phuckin’ Phegley.

  5. drewsylvania - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    He won’t get the hype, because his name is reminiscent of phlegm.

  6. scottychicago - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    I’m just going to call him Phegatron.

  7. shapht - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Phegley’s numbers are perhaps a bit phlukey this year, but don’t forget he’s spent much of his pro career working to overcome an autoimmune disorder called ITP, which he was diagnosed with shortly after being drafted. Instead of being a fluke, I think there’s a better chance his health is allowing him to reclaim the tools that made him second in the country (to some guy named Posey) in batting average as a soph at Indiana, and an eventual first-round pick. There’s a good chance this guy can be a mainstay for years to come.

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

  8. skinsfanwill - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Are you really friggin serious? This kid is batting .200 and has never had more than 1 hit in a game. He only has 4 hits, 3 of which happen to be home runs. You must be leading the Adam Dunn all -star campaign or something. You have the nerve to compare this kids start with Puig. Gimme a friggin break. There is no comparison. He’s so great he is still in the free agent pool in my fantasy league.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      Easy Skins. Deep breathes. Inhale…exhale. Count to ten. Better?

  9. delsj - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Craig missed a perfect troll opportunity here letting Matthew post this. If this kid comes in and lights up the Phils this weekend and the Sox steal any more than one game, it will be a long All-Star break in Philly sub-500.

  10. stlouis1baseball - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Let’s give up for the Homeboy from Terre Haute North!

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