Tyler Flowers

Position: C
Born: 1/24/86
Ht: 6'4" Wt: 220 B-T: R-R
Acquired: Received from Atlanta in Javier Vazquez trade on Dec. 4, 2008
Career Stats

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #5 - 2009 Preseason
  • #1 - 2009 Midseason
  • #1 - 2009 Postseason
  • #2 - 2010 Preseason
  • #4 - 2010 Midseason
  • #5 - 2010 Postseason
  • #T-8 - 2011 Midseason

Accolades

  • 2008 Carolina League Post-Season All-Star
  • 2008 Arizona Fall League All Prospect Team
  • 2009 #99 MLB Prospect (Baseball America)
  • FutureSox Hitter of the Month - April 2009
  • FutureSox Hitter of the Month - June 2009
  • 2009 Futures Game
  • 2009 Southern League All-Star Game
  • 2009 Southern League Post-Season All-Star
  • 2009 All-FutureSox Team Catcher
  • 2010 White Sox Best Power Hitter (Baseball America)
  • 2010 White Sox Best Strike-Zone Discipline (Baseball America)
  • 2010 #60 MLB Prospect (Baseball America)
  • 2010 AAA All-Star Game

Scouting report
Flowers has plus power, especially for a catcher, but the question is whether or not he can stick at the position. The Sox and Flowers keep saying there are no plans to move him, but that doesn't mean they won't some point in his Major League career. Flowers' bat has the potential to overcome being a below average defensive catcher, but some think his future is as a first baseman or DH. Flowers has huge power and draws a lot of walks, but struggles to make contact. He loads up on his swing creating a lot of swing and misses, resulting in an alarming strikeout rate. The Sox have tried to shorten his swing, but the results weren't positive. Defensively, his catch and throw ability is a work in progress. He will need to improve his footwork when he pops up to throw, but his arm seems passable otherwise. He seems to work well with the pitching staffs and his blocking ability is decent enough. At this point strikeouts are as much of a concern as defense.

Major League Outlook: Poor man's Jim Thome at who knows what position (if any)
ETA: MLB ready

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