Originally written January 20, 2012 on isportsweb.com:
Although relatively new to the team, it seems like Dayan Viciedo has been part of the White Sox family for some time. Since the White Sox traded previous right fielder Carlos Quentin a few weeks ago, the 22 year-old Viciedo has basically secured the position in right. The young player came up to the majors on August 28th of the 2011 season and the fact that he didn’t arrive sooner was the subject of much debate in the Ozzie/Kenny Williams soap opera. Viciedo showing his power Viciedo was putting up stellar numbers in the minors and many fans figured that he was the answer to the offensive troubles headlined by Adam Dunn and Alex Rios. Unfortunately, this was a case of “too little, too late” as the White Sox could not turn it around in enough time to make a playoff push.  However, 2012 is a different story. Viciedo will be starting the season in right field. Taking an objective look at the situation, Viciedo’s in a similar spot as Brent Morel was at the beginning of the 2011 season. It was no secret that when Morel entered Spring Training last season he was battling for his spot at third base with Mark Teahan. Obviously Morel won that battle since Teahan was traded to the Blue Jays a short while later. Viciedo, like Morel, needs to prove to White Sox management and the fans that he belongs in that starter spot. Morel continues to impress defensively and his .245 BA in his first full major league season gives much to be hopeful about. While Viciedo is not in direct competition with any one person, the management has made it clear that they’re not above making mid-season moves with their farm system. Personally, I believe more is to be expected from Viciedo offensively than defensively. Although solid defensive players like Morel, Alexei Ramirez, and Gordon Beckham are nice to have, this last season has shown that a little more contribution in the box is required (with emphasis on Beckham naturally). If Viciedo can play a decent right field and adequately fill in for Quentin’s bat, the White Sox will be well on their way to successfully “retooling” for the 2012 season.  
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Steve Smith: Ron Rivera hid in his office after cutting me

Rondo hoping for an opening night return from broken hand

Jon Gruden on Raiders job: 'I'm not thinking about coaching'

Tom Brady defends not congratulating Garoppolo on TD

Ohio State student who ran on field loses full scholarship

Report: Carson Palmer's nerve injury 'still lingering'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Adam Dunn to retire after 14-year MLB career

Ryan Lochte: Phelps made dumb decision, will learn from it

Tiger Woods to open restaurant in Florida next year

Royals beat A's in extras, win first playoff game since '85

Mark Davis: Raiders head coaching job will be 'enticing'

Fan on Craigslist offers Nats playoff tickets for threesome

J.J. Watt buys his mom a new car for her birthday

Ranking the NFL coaches already sitting on the hot seat

WATCH: Smith tells Panthers to go home and mow his lawn

The best games on the NFL slate in Week 5

Aaron Rodgers says smoking gesture a tribute to Jay Cutler

What will the A’s look like in 2015?

Major League Baseball's 2014 All-Disappointment Team

Jeter introduces 'The Players Tribune,' 'The Voice of the Game'

Grading each NFL's team's play at quarter-season mark

MLB.com posts wrong story saying A's won game

WATCH: Brett Favre in new nose hair trimmer commercial

WATCH: Michigan students protest, call for AD to be fired

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Steve Smith blasts Panthers coach, GM

What will the A’s look like in 2015?

All-Disappointment Team in MLB

Ryan Lochte: Phelps made dumb decision

WATCH: Brett Favre in new commercial

Brady snubs rookie after TD pass

FCC: Washington nickname 'inappropriate today'

Could Jon Gruden return to Oakland?

Marlins: We're not trading Stanton

Study: 76 of 79 deceased NFL players had CTE

Heckling fan sues Knicks over ejection

Sparano to step in as Raiders head coach

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.