The Chicago White Sox are set to enter the season with relatively inexperienced and unproven catchers Tyler Flowers and Hector Gimenez behind the plate. Still, general manager Rick Hahn told Scott Merkin of MLB.com that he's comfortable with his current catching combination without adding a veteran option.
Hahn said that, in an ideal world, teams would "like to have backup plans for everyday guys at every other position." However, he conceded that "realistically that's not something that happens."
While the White Sox may not have a veteran "hedge" against Flowers, Hahn does like the team's in-house options. Gimenez has only appeared in 11 games in the majors, but Hahn told Merkin that he's received "a lot of praise from our pitchers and our coaching staff." Beyond Flowers and Gimenez, Hahn also said Bryan Anderson has the "potential to help us if need be."
The White Sox acquired Flowers in 2008 from the Braves in the trade that sent Javier Vazquez to Atlanta. He is a former top prospect that has yet to put it together offensively in the majors. Still, the White Sox think enough of him that they're ready to make him their everyday catcher after allowing veteran A.J. Pierzynski to exit via free agency.
Behind Flowers, Gimenez (30) and Anderson (26) have a combined 69 plate appearances in the majors.