For a free-swinging, 24-year-old corner outfielder with some pop, Dayan Viciedo doesn’t strike out that much. For his career, both majors and minors, Viciedo’s strikeout rate has hovered around 20%, which isn’t too bad considering most players with his profile are easily north of that mark.
And that’s just one reason why I like Viciedo this year. He also has Chicago’s full-time starting left field gig plus enough power to make a serious run at 30 homers. If he can get close to replicating last year’s 22.1% line drive rate, Viciedo should be one of the rare cheap power options that doesn’t kill your batting average.
If there is a ***** in Viciedo’s armor, it’s his fly ball rate. Honestly, for a player like Viciedo I’d expect a rather noticeable fly ball tendency. Instead, he’s more of a ground ball hitter. He has the strength to make his limited fly balls count (20.5% HR/FB rate in 2012), but imagine the damage he could inflict if he put the ball in the air more often.
At a Glance