Sunday, September 11, 2011
Dayan Viciedo shows off more of his tools
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- Dayan Viciedo got a chance to show off the other side of his promising ability Sunday.
Everybody seems to know about Viciedo’s hitting prowess. But on Sunday, he got a chance to show off his throwing arm.
Viciedo snuffed out an Indians rally in the sixth inning when he scooped up a Jason Donald single and threw out Trevor Crowe at the plate.
The throw was actually there so early that even though it was high, catcher A.J. Pierzynski had time to leave his feet to catch the ball, come down and get into position for the tag.
Donald tried to get his forearms up on Pierzynski, but was tagged out anyway.
“A lot of people are going to be running on him because they don’t know him,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “That happens when the people don’t know him. They are going to send people to the plate. He has a good arm. The throw was pretty good. A.J. made a pretty good tag. It was a good play.”
Viciedo was converted to right field this spring, but he did play the position in his native Cuba before signing with the White Sox. With Juan Pierre not expected back next season and with the possibility that Carlos Quentin could be traded, Viciedo is expected to start in the outfield for the White Sox in 2012.
“Since spring training he has played very good (in right field),” Guillen said. “(Roving outfield instructor) Daryl Boston has been working with him in the minor leagues to make him better. I think he feels very comfortable in the outfield and seems more relaxed and put the work together and feel relaxed out there. He’s going to get better.”