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Is Viciedo taking his defensive struggles to the plate?

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Is Viciedo taking his defensive struggles to the plate?

Through 30 Cactus at-bats heading into Friday, Dayan Viciedo has struck out 11 times with just two walks and four hits. On top of that, the 23-year-old has struggled defensively, looking far from comfortable after moving from right to left field.

Kenny Williams admitted as much earlier this week, telling CSN's Pat Boyle that he sees his left fielder as "uncomfortable" in the outfield. Viciedo's move to left field is a necessary one given it allows Alejandro De Aza to play center and Alex Rios in right, positions at which both players are defensively utilized the best.

But there's another wrinkle here. Viciedo's defensive issues may be seeping into his offensive production, or lack thereof.

"I'm sure there's a little bit of that, being able to separate your offense and your defense. I don't think there's any question about that," White Sox director of player development Buddy Bell said. "It would affect the most veteran of guys, so I would say yeah, it would affect him somewhat."

Plenty of players go through positional changes, but Viciedo's situation is different. He's only been an outfielder for one year, so he's relatively inexperienced in that area of the field.

Bell lauded Viciedo's defensive improvements early last year, saying he thought Viciedo was ready to play right field in the majors in late May. That's a pretty quick turnaround, so perhaps that's a reason to hope Viciedo's defense will quickly improve.

"You have to find a position for a guy like this," Bell said Friday. "He's mentally tough and he'll figure it out."

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.