GLENDALE, Ariz. -- In the category of most noticeable positive difference made from Spring Training 2010 to the present, the White Sox winner would be Tyler Flowers.
Well, the 25-year-old White Sox catcher gets the nod if manager Ozzie Guillen has a vote.
"He's a different guy," said Guillen. "He swings the bat better and [he's] more comfortable [at the plate]. Behind the plate, he's outstanding.
"I'm pretty excited and happy for this kid from one Spring Training to another. I talked to everybody about it. We talk about him. Hopefully, no matter where he goes, he keeps it up playing that way so people can see him and count on him for the future."
If Flowers entered Spring Training with a roster spot open behind the plate, then he clearly would be getting Major League consideration. Even six hits in his last 11 Cactus League at-bats won't knock incumbent A.J. Pierzynski or Ramon Castro from the White Sox.
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This exceptional spring performance could open the eyes of other teams in need of catching help if Flowers stays where he is now. But when the day comes for his reassignment to the Minors, will the resurgent Flowers have a tough time handling a trip back to Triple-A Charlotte?
"I don't know," Flowers said. "We'll see when that day comes. I'm just trying to go day to day and see what happens."
Flowers has worked extensively with hitting coach Greg Walker and Charlotte hitting coach Tim Laker during the past few weeks, putting in extra early work, and has witnessed major dividends.
"That early work is definitely helping," said Flowers, who drew two walks and scored two runs in Sunday's 11-8, "B" game victory over Cleveland. "Also getting a couple of hits doesn't hurt, building a little confidence. It kind of keeps you scrapping to get more information and understand a little bit more why this is working and why other things don't.
"It's simplified a lot of things. We are down to just a couple of moves right now and trying to be consistent with that day in and day out."