There’s an air of confidence to Tyler Flowers this season and it was clearly evident after he went 0-for-3 with a strikeout on Sunday.

Whereas last season he may have let a similar performance bother him because it’d be six or seven days before he’d play again, Flowers is comforted; he knows he’ll be back in the lineup soon.

The White Sox believe a combination of Flowers’ confidence as well as the knowledge and adjustments that come with consistent at-bats will help him improve at the plate.

They won’t go overboard with their projections, but the coaching staff thinks Flowers will strikeout fewer times in 2013 and finish with a higher on-base percentage than the .296 he produced in 2012.

“Consistent at-bats if anything else is only going to give him more knowledge than he already has,” hitting coach Jeff Manto said. “These veteran guys are real good because they have an idea what’s coming. … It’ll take some time. We’re not sitting here thinking he’ll have it figured out in a month, two months or six months. He might take the whole year to figure it out and next year will be even better than this year. It’s a process.”

Flowers’ development is off to a pretty good start.

The catcher, who has the unenviable task of succeeding A.J. Pierzynski, has already bought himself time with an expectant fanbase. Flowers has reached base eight times in 18 plate appearances and has a double and two home runs in his first five games. It doesn’t hurt that both homers put the White Sox ahead in games they won.