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."
With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.
Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.
Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.
Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”
Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
The White Sox released this statement:
Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.