The White Sox made six roster moves today as they cut their active roster to 38 players.
In the most notable move of the day, they reassigned catcher Josh Phegley to their Triple-A Charlotte club. Coming into Spring Training, Phegley was in competition with Tyler Flowers for the starting job at the catcher spot. The club made the announcement on Sunday that Flowers would be the starting catcher.
Phegley had six hits in 23 at bats with one home run. Flowers currently has seven hits on the spring in 28 at bats and two home runs. With the competition so close, they decided to go with Flowers since he is older and has shown that he handles the pitchers well. Phegley will use the opportunity to be Charlotte’s everyday starting catcher, and work on his game to be ready for when his name is called.
Phegley addressed the issue in an interview with WhiteSox.com, telling the website “I believe I’m a starter and I can be a front-line starter in the big leagues, but there just needs to be some improvement, and I think sitting, catching every four, five days, I don’t think that’s going to do me any justice.”
”I want to play every day, and I’d like to help this club. It’s everyone’s goal to be a big leaguer. I want to be a starter, and going to Charlotte and playing every day is going to help my game out, so I’m all for it,” Phegley continued.
The moves now leave the White Sox with 17 pitchers, three catchers, 12 infielders, and six outfielders remaining in the Major League camp. There are still 13 players left to cut to reach the 25-man roster for opening day.