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De Aza sets high standard for Viciedo

8/27/2011

If the production and spark Alejandro De Aza has delivered is any indication, it shouldn’t be too much to expect Dayan Viciedo to contribute right away with the Chicago White Sox.

Waiting all season for a spot to play in the big leagues, the opportunity finally came for Viciedo on Friday, just five days before he would have been recalled anyway when rosters expand on Sept. 1.

So with All-Star Carlos Quentin now on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder sprain, will Viciedo compete at a high level?

When De Aza was recalled on July 27, he was batting .322 at Triple-A Charlotte and was leading the International League in hits and was second in batting average.

Viciedo was tearing up the International League earlier this season, but cooled off earlier this month. Still, at the start of play Friday, he was third in the league in total bases (222) and fourth in hits (134) and RBIs (78).

And the Cuba-born slugger was getting hot once again. He had a nine-game hitting streak before going hitless in his only at-bat at Charlotte on Friday. He was batting .353 (12-for-34) during the streak.

When De Aza was recalled, he delivered right away, hitting a home run in his first game. He entered Friday’s start at Seattle batting .317 in his first 22 games and had nine RBIs.

That standard might be hard for Viciedo to match, but according to manager Ozzie Guillen, he will get a chance to do it as he is expected to play every day in right field at least until Quentin returns on Sept. 5.