Gotta Take The Good With The Bad
Tyler Flowers, C, Chicago White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte)
Monday's stats: 2-for-3, 2 HR (7), 2 R, 2 RBI, K
With A.J. Pierzynski doing nothing offensively while having some public spats with manager Ozzie Guillen, the name Tyler Flowers is coming up more and more in Chicago. The bulky backstop, acquired from the Atlanta Braves for Javier Vazquez two years ago, is keeping up his end of the bargain. Two home runs on Monday give him three in two days and an overall batting line of .287/.382/.598 in 25 games with the Knights. The problem, as always, remains the defense. One scout who recently saw Flowers thought his work behind the plate had regressed from last year, when it wasn't that good in the first place. He's thrown out just 4 of 17 base stealers this year, and his 245 pound frame doesn't allow for much mobility back there either. The scout said, "I can't see Ozzie living with that kind of defense back there," but the way A.J. is hitting, and mouthing off, he just might.