Josh Phegley promoted to AAA Charlotte

Former Indiana catcher Josh Phegley was promoted within the Chicago White Sox organization this week from the Class AA Birmingham Barons to the Class AAA Charlotte Knights, leaving him one step short of the big leagues.

The promotion came for a typical reason for midseason moves — injuries. White Sox backup catcher Ramon Castro broke his hand and was placed on the 15-day disabled list, which led the Sox to call up Tyler Flowers from the Knights, which left open a spot for Phegley.

“That’s the domino effect,” said Nick Capra, the field coordinator in the White Sox minor league operations staff.

But that’s not to say Phegley hasn’t earned it, Capra said. The organization continues to be impressed with the former supplemental round pick, who missed most of last season with a blood disorder before having his spleen removed.

“He put himself in position for a promotion if something like this happened,” Capra said. “… He’s shown improvement not only defensively in receiving the ball, but also in calling a game. He’s getting better at not only recognizing our pitcher’s strengths, but their hitters’ weaknesses.”

The White Sox also like what Phegley is doing offensively. Though he was hitting a modest .241 at Birmingham, he was tied for fourth on the team in both home runs with seven and RBIs with 41.

“Every jump you make, there’s an adjustment period,” Capra said. “It’s just a matter of making adjustments. He’s got a good swing. He’s got good balance at the plate. He’s gonna be a pretty good hitter.”

Phegley will probably serve as a backup to Donny Lucy, who was Flowers’ backup. But Capra said he will get a chance to play and maintain his spot on the roster when Castro returns and begins another domino effect.

“We’ll evaluate him on the time when he gets there,” Capra said.