Why it took six seasons to gain a major league starting job isn't the biggest question concerning Tyler Flowers.

Instead, that comes now as the White Sox catcher will be under intense scrutiny for how he handles the pitching staff and how much he can produce offensively while taking over for fan favorite A.J. Pierzynski.

Flowers admits the attention to his anointment as the replacement for eight-year incumbent Pierzynski can be shunted aside only with solid performance.

Flowers has had a healthy rapport with reporters since he joined the Sox in a six-player trade with the Braves after the 2008 season. But the focus never really has been on him.

"That's the only thing different," he said. "I was able to handle it in the minors. Preparing yourself in the minors, you make it through the season. The only difference now is more people watching you on TV and asking you questions before and after (games)."