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January 5, 2010

Don’t question Tyler Flowers’ catching skills

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 5, 2010 3:23 pm


… The book on Flowers centers on a strong performer with the bat, who cannot come close to matching those skills with the glove. That characterization bothers Flowers, who understands how offense can be his top attribute, but has “made defense a priority.”

His 2009 work with a pitching staff featuring various styles for the 92-47 Barons proved his dedication to defense started to pay dividends.

“To be honest, I’ve heard everything you can call out a catcher on defensively,” Flowers said. “And yeah, it does bother me.”

“But over the course of time, I really saw a guy who improved,” said White Sox Minor League pitching coordinator Kirk Champion of Flowers’ development. “Flowers was very instrumental in keeping things on an even keel with that Birmingham pitching staff. He grew a lot last summer.”

Flowers would like to:

“When I look at the whole offseason, I’m preparing myself to be the starting catcher for the White Sox,” said Flowers, during a phone interview from his home in Atlanta. “When the White Sox tell me I’m not starting, then I’ll prepare to be the backup. And if I’m not the backup, then I’ll prepare myself to be back in Charlotte.”


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