Many feel that there will come a time in the not so distant future when 21-year-old Dayan Viciedo will be considered as one of the most powerful hitters in baseball. Count me as one of those people.
There is no doubt that he lacks plate discipline and as a result hardly ever draws a walk. But when he connects, the ball jumps off of his bat in electric fashion. And being only 21, in his third season playing in the U.S., Viciedo has got time to develop as a hitter. In 106 plate appearances last year, he connected for five homers, drove in 13 runs and batted .308 in his first experience in the majors.
He also has time to develop defensively. Having started as a third baseman in 2009, he moved to first base last year and now is being groomed as a rightfielder because of the Sox logjam at first and third. It’s not an entirely new position for him as he played there in Cuba.
Viciedo, who some actually thought might reach the big club as a 19-year-old, will find it a challenge to make the 25-man roster this spring. He’s vying to win the final spot among position players along with Alejandro De Aza, Brent Lillibridge and Lastings Milledge.
Whether or not he makes it to Chicago this spring, the future is bright and all the signs are positive. He came into camp in good shape and has said all the right things about accepting the fact he may begin the year in AAA Charlotte to get the necessary at-bats.