(WSCR) Three years into Dayan Viciedo’s career with the White Sox, and the right-handed slugger is primed for a breakout season.
In 214 games over three seasons, Viciedo has hit 31 home runs with 97 RBIs and a .263 batting average. The 24-year-old Cuban defector began to emerge in 2012 – his first full season in the majors – when he hit 25 home runs with 78 RBIs behind a .255 batting average.
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn thinks 2013 is going to be a big year for Viciedo.
“I think you’re right – this is going to be the year that Viciedo takes the next step,” Hahn told The McNeil and Spiegel Show. “The power to all fields is obvious. You come out, you see him in batting practice, or you just see him during the course of the 2012 season, you see that he has pole-to-pole power. I think that the leg kick – the mechanical adjustment that Jeff Manto and Harold Baines added to Dayan’s approach this past offseason – is going to help him stay back in the box a little bit longer, stay back a little bit and keep his weight more balanced, especially on off-speed pitches, which should make him put the ball in play more, cut down on the strikeouts, increase the average, increase the on-base and make him a more well-rounded player.”