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Phegley & Tekotte Get Their Chance in Wake of Demotions

Finally, with the 2013 White Sox hitting new lows seemingly every day, we're seeing the first moves of the transition into the fire sale be made.

Recently, the team announced they'd seen enough of Brian Omogrosso, as they sent him down for highly-touted prospect Simon Castro.

And on Wednesday, news broke that Jesse Crain and Paul Konerko were headed to the disabled list, which made room for David Purcey and Brent Morel.

But on Thursday, they sent down both Jordan Danks and Hector Gimenez and called up Josh Phegley and Blake Tekotte (pictured above), as it finally seems to be the youngsters' time to shine.

Phegley, the former Indiana Hoosier hit .316 for AAA Charlotte this year with 15 home runs, 41 RBI's, and a .966 OPS. At this point in time, the catching position seems not to be Tyler Flowers', but the 25 year-old Phegley's for the future.

Thirty year-old backup catcher Hector Gimenez did just fine in my opinion, but with all attention shifting to the White Sox' long-term future, there's just no reason to have him with the big league club any longer.

He hit .191 but had 10 RBI's in 68 at bats. He also only made two errors, constantly serving as a refreshing change-of-pace from Tyler Flowers.

I wouldn't be surprised, at least for the next two or three weeks, if we see a lot of both Flowers and Phegley. With PK on the DL, Flowers can slot in at first base or DH whenever needed while Phegley handles the catching duties.

But I don't think we'd see that on a daily basis, as Jeff Keppinger can always be put there, too. And 'Kepp' is someone who has actually been pretty good of late and has a bit of trade value … so I'd hope to see more of him than 'T.Flow' before the impending fire sale takes place.

Since being drafted in the third round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres, Blake Tekotte has been consistent in one regard: his inconsistency.

But at this point in the season for the White Sox, it makes sense to give him a shot over Jordan Danks, who was hitting just .135 on the season.

They're both 26 years old, have some pop from the left side of the plate, and play great defense. So they both could be fourth outfielders for the next several years, at the very least. But it seems Tekotte's upside may be somewhat higher than Danks'.

Tekotte is hitting just .249 this year for AAA Charlotte, but has racked up 26 doubles, two triples, and four home runs … that's 32 extra-base hits in 262 at bats, or 12.2% … not too shabby.

Although Dayan Viciedo, Alejandro De Aza, and Alex Rios look to be filling the outfield going forward as they have all season, that may not be the case for long. There's a pretty good chance that Rios and/or De Aza will be dealt, which would open up a starting job. And with Danks, Jared Mitchell (AA & AAA), and Trayce Thompson (AA), the job may just be Tekotte's for the taking.

Zachary Gropper

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