… Juan Silverio, INF: According to Bell, there was a bit of a discrepancy in Silverio’s papers over his age, so he ended up spending last year with the White Sox Dominican team. But Silverio was back for a great instructional league showing this past fall and might have physically outgrown the shortstop position.
“I’m not sure if he fits at shortstop or third base, but he has great hands and is a strong kid,” said Bell of Silverio, who will start 2010 with Class A Kannapolis. “We are happy to have him back. He has to be considered one of our higher-prospect kids.”
Silverio hit .321 with the Rookie Dominican Summer League team, including eight home runs, 11 doubles, 10 triples and 56 RBIs.
Jared Mitchell, OF: The potential leadoff man of the future, the 2009 first-round Draft pick has earned Bell’s endorsement as a potential top of the order standout.
“He’s freaky fast, strong and very athletic,” Bell said. “He’s a very intelligent kid. Very coachable.”
Don’t look for Mitchell to contribute at the big league level this year. Due to Mitchell’s reduced baseball experience as a two-sport athlete at LSU, Bell said the White Sox “will be slower with him then we would be with most No. 1 picks.”
Dayan Viciedo, 3B/1B: Look for Viciedo to play both third base and first base this season, probably starting the year for Triple-A Charlotte. Bell said the present reports out of Miami from bench coach Joey Cora and Minor League pitching coach Jose Bautista have been solid concerning Viciedo’s ongoing conditioning work and that Viciedo could contribute offensively at the big league level in 2010.
“Hopefully they won’t need him, but I think he surely can contribute if needed,” Bell said. “His feet need work defensively, and I don’t know if his footwork will ever be good enough at third. But the kid has great hands, and Dayan adjusts on the fly as well as any kid in the organization.”
January 6, 2010
Buddy Bell’s Minor-League address
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