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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."

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

We asked you to ask us anything about the White Sox and you delivered in a big way. We got so many questions, we had to do two different podcasts! Among the questions here in Part 1: should the White Sox send Yoan Moncada to Triple-A? What players will be traded before the deadline? Who are some sleeper prospects in the minors? Will Jordan Stephens be called up before Michael Kopech? Should Juan Uribe be a team ambassador? What's our all-time White Sox team from 2000 to the present and many more.

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Rick Hahn says 'there will be many' promotions for White Sox prospects this week

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Rick Hahn says 'there will be many' promotions for White Sox prospects this week

The White Sox have a number of highly-rated prospects performing well in the minors and some of them will be on the move within the system in a matter of days.

General manager Rick Hahn talked to reporters ahead of Monday night's White Sox game in Cleveland, a 6-2 loss, and gave the news. Well, sort of.

He didn't include names, but he did say that "there will be many" promotions after the minor league all-star games for Double-A and both Single-A teams take place on Tuesday.

Hahn added that Chris Getz, the White Sox player development director, will address the media before the White Sox host Oakland on Thursday about the moves.

If the all-star games are a reason to wait, it's safe to think some of the players involved will be playing in those games. So who could be on the move?

Double-A Birmingham has six all-stars: Eloy Jimenez, Zack Collins, Seby Zavala, Danny Mendick, Dane Dunning and Ian Hamilton. Jimenez is the name everyone wants to see on the move. He has torched the Southern League since getting off to a late start to the season due to injury. Hahn was asked about Jimenez, but didn't tip his hand as to whether he would be one of the promotions.

Dunning has been good in Double-A (2.78 ERA, 65 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings), but was already promoted this season so he may not be on the move again.

Single-A Winston-Salem has five all-stars: Dylan Cease, Luis Alexander Basabe, Joel Booker, Bernardo Flores and Matt Foster. Cease, 22, could be due for a promotion with a 2.89 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings. There's also that outfield logjam the Dash, which won the first-half division title, have had all season.

Other than Basabe and Booker, Blake Rutherford and Alex Call are also noteworthy prospects being forced to split time in the Dash's outfield. If Jimenez is moving up to Triple-A, one or two names from this group could be on the move to take his spot in Birmingham.

This would especially make sense if highly-touted outfield prospect Luis Robert, who was supposed to be in Single-A Kannapolis for a short period before joining the Dash, is ready to move up as planned. Robert is hitting .289/.360/.400 in 13 games with the Intimidators.

Birmingham, Winston-Salem and Kannapolis were all off Monday. The various all-star games will take place Tuesday and the three teams will be off again Wednesday. The promotions could be announced Thursday ahead of Getz's scheduled media availability.