GLENDALE, Ariz. — With 12 days left in camp, the White Sox seem to be wide open about their backup catcher’s job.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura has noted several times since the team arrived in camp on Feb. 15 that Tyler Flowers is in the lead to be the starting catcher.
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Josh Phegley was expected to compete with Flowers for that role and seemed like a natural choice for No. 2. But then there’s the presence of Rule 5 pick Adrian Nieto, who is young, but has talent and could stick. Last year’s initial, Hector Gimenez, is also still in camp and the most experienced of the trio.
Then there’s the constant mill of trade rumors that has the White Sox showing interest in New York Yankees catchers, including Francisco Cervelli, who is out of options.
Phegley gave himself a plug on Friday when he doubled and hit a deep home run to left-center in three at-bats.
“It’s a competition,” Ventura said. “We have more time to really watch it and see it, but Phegs (Friday) was better than he has been. You’re going to keep looking at it. You don’t want to say it changes daily, but we have time to wait and see that. Josh has proven to be a good catcher last year and even coming into this year. I’m going to wait and kind of see how that goes.”