Minus Quentin, Viciedo gets his chance
February, 27, 2012
By Chris Silva
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The opportunity is there.
Jake Roth/US PresswireDayan Viciedo batted .296 with 20 home runs at Triple-A Charlotte in 2011.
That’s the message Dayan Viciedo said he took when the Chicago White Sox traded Carlos Quentin to the San Diego Padres, clearing way for the 23-year-old Cuban to take over right field this season. Viciedo feels like he’s starting a new chapter in his career.
“I feel like it is,” Viciedo said through a translator. “This is what I’ve been working for and the opportunity is there so I’m just going to fight for it and go from there.”
Viciedo admitted he’ll have to make adjustments at the plate after his numbers from last season’s call up took a dip from those he posted in 2010.
Viciedo went from hitting .308 with five home runs and 13 RBIs in 38 games in 2010, to a .255 batting average with one homer and six RBIs in 29 games last season.
“It’s one of those you kind of take into stride because as a baseball player stuff like that happens,” he said through a translator. “For the most part I was happy with the work that I did in the outfield and for this year I’ll just work on the plate.”
Viciedo said he needs to be more selective at the plate, but even with the struggles of Adam Dunn, Alex Rios and Gordon Beckham last season he doesn’t feel any added pressure.
“I think it’s just a collective effort so for the most part I’m just going to do what I’m asked to do and just go out there and be ready,” he said.