Tyler Flowers in nine notes

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Tyler Flowers in nine notes
January 30, 2013, 4:15 pm
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- Flowers was drafted by the Braves in the 33rd round in 2005 out of Chipola College in Marianna, Fla. Chipola was the same junior college which produced Jose Bautista, Russell Martin and Steve Clevenger.

- His No. 21 jersey was retired in 2006 by the Blessed Trinity High School (Roswell, Ga.) baseball program.

- Flowers slugged .973 for the Mesa Solar Sox in the 2008 Arizona Fall League. His 12 HR were three more than the next total (Michael McKenry). Gordon Beckham (.394) and Flowers (.387) finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in AFL batting average.

- Flowers (then 21) was briefly a teammate of Julio Franco (just shy of his 49th birthday) during Franco's 4-game stint with the Single-A Rome Braves in August 2007.

- Two players have made their MLB debuts in a White Sox uniform against the Cubs: Flowers (Sept. 3, 2009) and Brandon McCarthy (May 22, 2005).

- Flowers shares a birthday with Jose Quintana (Jan. 24). They formed a starting battery for the White Sox four times in 2012. They are the first White Sox starting battery to share a birthday since Bob Fallon and Marc Hill (both born on Feb. 18) on April 26, 1984.

- There have been 1,608 seasons in which a White Sox player had 100 or more plate appearances in team history. Flowers' strikeout percentage of 36.6 in 2012 is third-highest of those 1,608 behind Wilbur Wood in 1971 (46.0) and Wood again in 1972 (45.1)

- The 2012 White Sox had as many home runs from the catcher position (33) as the Twins (12), Tigers (11) and Indians (10) combined. A.J. Pierzynski's departure doesn't necessarily mean this trend can't continue. Of all Major Leaguers with 100 or more plate appearances in 2012, nobody turned fly balls into home runs at a higher rate than Flowers. His 26.9 home run/fly ball rate was No. 1, followed by Adam Dunn (22.8 percent) and Giancarlo Stanton (21.8 percent). Sure, Flowers had a much smaller sample than the others, but it's promising heading into 2013.

- Flowers is looking to become the first White Sox catcher other than Pierzynski to make 100 starts behind the plate since Ron Karkovice made 118 in 1993.

Watch Chuck Garfien’s interview with Tyler Flowers Thursday on SportsNet Central at 6:30pm, 10:00pm and 12:00am.