Phegley's power on display in spring

Phegley's power on display in spring

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Standing at 5-foot-10 and 220 pounds, White Sox catching prospect Josh Phegley would not necessarily be projected as a power hitter. But through 11 Cactus League games, Phegley has already knocked out three doubles and one homer among his eight hits.

So from where does he derive the power?

"I'm a pretty strong kid," said a smiling Phegley. "I don't get a lot of leverage from being tall and lanky, but I'm just trying to let the ball get to me and throw the head on it."

Phegley stands six inches shorter than starting catcher Tyler Flowers but likes to be able to give a low target to his pitchers. He also showcases his athleticism, possibly blocking a ball behind the plate that other catchers might not get to or taking the extra base through his decent speed.

Flowers and Hector Gimenez are set as the White Sox catchers to open the 2013 season. But Phegley believes his time is coming in his fifth year as part of the organization.

"You got to pay your dues," said the Indiana native, who is fully healthy after battling idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, a rare autoimmune disorder that lowers platelet counts, during the 2010 season. "This is my fourth camp, and I think it's getting closer to time for me to make an impact on the big league club."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.