Merkin @ CWS:
Ozzie Guillen was about to make official the news of Dayan Viciedo’s promotion from Triple-A Charlotte to the White Sox during his pregame media session Friday at Safeco Field, but he first paused for dramatic effect.
Then, with a smile plastered on his face, the White Sox manager tossed out the following line:
“Now he’s coming in town,” said Guillen, raising his arms triumphantly in the air. “We’re in the pennant race.”
Viciedo will replace Carlos Quentin on the active roster, with the White Sox right fielder telling the media before the game that he was going to the 15-day disabled list retroactive to this past Sunday.
wrong tense. It’s not ‘we’re.’ It’s ‘we were.’
from today’s ‘Prospect Hot-Sheet’:
[Dayan] Viciedo underwhelmed in his first two years, posting a .277/.313/.432 career line in the minor leagues. He showed raw power, sure, but his .308 OBP in Triple-A a year ago was alarming for a tank engine who scouts projected as a future first baseman in the near future. Viciedo has changed some opinions this season, hitting .297/.365/.492 in 118 games. Charlotte is among the more hitter-friendly parks in the International League, but he’s even hit a tick better on the road (.311/.380/.502) than he has at home (.284/.351/.483). Now playing right field, Viciedo isn’t exactly going to be Ichiro 2.0 with the glove, but his overall turnaround has been a pleasant development in a farm system that could use some help.
There is also a mention of RHP Matt Heidenreich:
A White Sox fourth-round pick in 2009, RHP Matt Heidenreich needed two years in rookie ball before he was deemed ready for a full-season assignment this year. The 20-year-old took his lumps in the first half, going 4-5, 4.63 in 13 starts for low Class A Kannapolis, but he’s been a different pitcher in the second half. Heidenreich allowed no earned runs in two starts this week, notching 11 strikeouts while dealing with 12 baserunners in 12 1/3 innings to push his second-half record to 6-3, 3.67 through 12 turns. His strikeout-to-walk ratio registers at nearly 4-to-1 in the second half, and he ranks fourth among South Atlantic League starters with a ground-to-flyout ratio of 1.73 on the season