Found January 23, 2013 on
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
BEST OF MAXIM
The Yankees have signed left-handed hitting infielder/DH Dan Johnson to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. If Johnson makes the team, he will earn $900,000.
Johnson, 33, had eight hits in just 22 at-bats in 2012 with the Chicago White Sox. He can play both corner infield positions, which could be valuable if Mark Teixeira or Kevin Youkilis need a day off.
Zach Stewart has been claimed off of waivers by the Chicago White Sox. Stewart pitched for the White Sox at the start of the 2012 season.
Stewart was traded to Boston along with Brent Lillibridge for Kevin Youkilis. In November he was acquired by Pittsburgh who recently placed him on waivers.
In 103 big league innings the right hander has a 6.82 ERA.
If you think back to last year, you'll remember the White Sox honoring the 1972 south side squad many times throughout the season. The Sox wore the red throwback jerseys every Sunday home game, and had many other promotional events dispersed throughout the 2012 campaign.
This upcoming season, the organization will honor the 1983 team, as its the 30th anniversary of the...
The Chicago White Sox say they have acquired right-handed pitcher Zach Stewart off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Stewart was 1-4 with an 8.58 ERA in 20 games last season for the White Sox and Boston. He was traded to the Red Sox with infielder Brent Lillibridge on June 24 in exchange for third baseman Kevin Youkilis. He was traded to Pittsburgh in November and designated...
According to MLBTR, Zach Stewart has been claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox. The Pirates designated Stewart for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Jeff Karstens. Stewart was acquired earlier in the off-season from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later. The Pirates eventually sent Kyle Kaminska to complete the deal.