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Old 07-11-2009, 07:35 PM
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Yeah, I would agree with that take. From what I have seen from the game boxes, Flowers is throwing out a decent number of runners and is doing well as a catcher, though he seems to DH a lot, too. I can't find overall stats for him for the season, but since June 28, Flowers has thrown out 50% of the runners trying to steal (4 of 8).

The question I have is his height. Do you want a 6'4" guy squatting behind the plate for 140 games a year? What is the toll on his body? Have there been a lot of tall catchers who have been successful? Fisk was 6'2".
From what I've gathered (and I could be wrong), he's DHing on days where a catcher would normally be off. As we all know, you can't catch everyday. The demands of the position are great.

My feeling is, if they want to do a position change, they should do it now. Let Flowers learn 1B in Birmingham, not in two years when he's ready for the big-league level.
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Old 07-11-2009, 09:50 PM
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My feeling is, if they want to do a position change, they should do it now. Let Flowers learn 1B in Birmingham, not in two years when he's ready for the big-league level.
I'm sure that's the whole deal - they want to find out if he can catch. He's 150% more valuable as a catcher.
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Old 07-11-2009, 09:51 PM
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I think it's been stated, but Flowers has played 1st base before. It isn't completely foreign to him. I believe he played it for an extended stretch after his injury. The decision if he should continue to catch or not doesn't need to be made ASAP.

Tomorrow you can watch him catch during the Futures Game.
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