March 3, 2009

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009: #50 Dayan Viciedo

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009 | #50 | Dayan Viciedo | White Sox

Position | Third Base

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

| March 10, 1989 (Remedios, Villa Clara Province, Cuba)

| Not Available

| 5'11''

| 240 lbs.

2008 Ranking | Not Ranked

Dayan Viciedo was signed by the Chicago White Sox after defecting from Cuba last May. The White Sox offered him to a 4-year $10 million deal. Although the money was attractive, the other thing that made the White Sox an easy decision for Viciedo was because of their history of managing Cuban-born players such as Jose Contreras and Alexei Ramirez. Viciedo began playing professional baseball in Cuba at the young age of 15. He even made the 2006 Cuban provisional team roster for the World Baseball Classic but didn't make the final cut. Still to even be considered at that young of an age speaks highly of his potential. Viciedo figures to be the third baseman of the future for the White Sox. He has a great bat with a lot of power potential. Unlike fellow countryman and teammate Alexei Ramirez who has a tall, lean build, Viciedo is short at just 5'11" and solid at 240 lbs. That's a 3 inch, 70 lbs difference between the two, but yet Viciedo has a lot of the same qualities with the bat.

2008 Statistics
     Level      G     PA     AVG     OBP     SLG     XBH     HR     RBI
                              Stats Not Available

2009 Outlook

Viciedo would greatly benefit from having a few hundred plate appearances in the minors. I expect him to start the season in Triple-A, but he should be starting by the end of the season. But if he has a strong Spring Training, he could very well start the season as the starting third baseman as the team doesn't really seem 100% sold on Josh Fields yet.

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