Sep 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox catcher Josh Phegley (36) hits a single against the Detroit Tigers during the third inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago White Sox announced seven roster moves for the September roster expansion on Tuesday afternoon.
The players recalled were: Chris Bassitt (RHP), Scott Carroll (RHP), Jordan Danks (OF), Josh Phegley (C), Marcus Semien (IF), Eric Surkamp (LHP) and making his White Sox debut will be Michael Taylor (OF), though he has MLB experience.
For as much as I wanted to see Rodon at the MLB level this month, I’m also excited to see Phegley behind the plate again for the White Sox and see how his game has improved over the past year.
Last season, Phegley played in 65 games with the White Sox, batting .206 with four home runs and 22 RBIs.
In the press release, the White Sox said of the 26-year-old catcher:
"“Phegley, 26, was named an International League mid- and postseason All-Star after hitting .274 (115-419) with 30 doubles, 23 home runs, 75 RBI and 69 runs scored with Charlotte. He ranked among the league leaders in extra-base hits (2nd, 57), homers (3rd) and slugging percentage (3rd, .530). Phegley threw out 43.6 percent (41-94) of attempted basestealers this season.”"
Also in looking Phegley, being an IL All-Star shows in my mind he has made the necessary improvements to his game to possibly become the next catcher for the White Sox, maybe as soon as ’15.
Let’s be honest, since A.J. Pierzynski left the team two years ago, the catcher position has been one of a few weaknesses the White Sox have shown.
We already know what the White Sox have in Carroll, Danks and Semien, and Bassitt has one start with the club that wasn’t so great.
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Now for Taylor, he has some MLB experience with the Oakland Athletics, where in parts of three seasons he batted .135 (26 games). Since joining the White Sox Triple-A affiliate, Taylor hit .375 with RISP. For his entire Triple-A season, Taylor batted .275 with 32 doubles and 11 home runs.
These call-ups aren’t exactly what I had hoped for with the absence of Rodon, but I guess that will make spring training that much more exciting.