All White Sox parties agree that Viciedo is a Major Leaguer. The 22-year-old looked prepared offensively in 2010 when he hit .308 over 104 at-bats during his big league callup, but he didn’t really have a definitive defensive position. Now, Viciedo has found a home in the outfield, leaving only a pair of questions to be decided about his future.
How will Viciedo be used with the White Sox? And when will he arrive? During a conversation with MLB.com, general manager Ken Williams seemed strongly inclined to get Viciedo up to the White Sox soon, but definitely not in a reserve capacity.
“It would be awfully interesting to have him in this lineup,” said Williams of the player dubbed “the Cuban Tank.” “He’s ready. He’s obviously got some things he still needs to work on, but I would have no qualms about bringing him here. I’m not going to bring him here to sit. [White Sox manager] Ozzie [Guillen] is not ready to change the mix he has right now, and that has to be respected.”
Adam Dunn is locked in for three more years at designated hitter, and Alex Rios is set in the outfield for another three as well. There are those who believe that Viciedo and Carlos Quentin will become an either/or outfield proposition. Williams is not one of those people.
“That’s going to be the trio of Chicago,” said Viciedo of an outfield including himself, Quentin and Rios, with Quentin potentially moving back to left.
“There are some pretty good hitters in the lineup just mentioned,” Williams said. “Someone else will have to figure out the leadoff spot, if that were something to think about.”
You can force Ozzie’s hand Kenny.