Dayan Viciedo posted promising results in his first taste of the big leagues last year — like an .840 OPS and five home runs in 106 plate appearances — but he could not find a spot on the Opening Day roster heading into this season and has spent the past several months tearing it up at Triple-A Charlotte.
On Saturday, Viciedo rides again.
According to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times, the 22-year-old will join up with the White Sox on Saturday night in Seattle. He’ll draw playing time at first base, left field, right field and designated hitter down the stretch and should provide a nice offensive spark for the third-place Pale Hose.
Viciedo has amassed a .297/.365/.492 slash line, 20 homers and 78 RBI in 118 games this year at Triple-A.
Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays wasn’t a super huge guy or anything, but he’s going to be smaller this year: he told reporters today that he’s lost 25 pounds. He attributes it to a new diet and a workout regimen and says it’ll help him with his running, swing and throwing.
Dickerson had a down year in 2016, so if losing 25 pounds is something he thinks will work for him he’s got nothing to lose. Of course the best way for him to improve his numbers is to convince the Rays to trade him back to Colorado, but that’s not likely.
As I note every spring, “Best Shape of His Life” stories aren’t really about players being in The Best Shape of Their Lives. They’re about players and agents seeking to create positive stories.
We know this because the vast majority of Best Shape of His Life claims are about guys who were either injured the season before, guys who had subpar years the season before or players whose conditioning was a point of controversy the season before. These folks, or their agents + reporters who have little if nothing to write about in the offseason = BSOHL.
James McCann hurt his ankle last season and had a subpar year at the plate. So not only is he a perfect BSOHL candidate, he went old school with the claim and hit it right on the money, verbatim:
Spring training is less than a month away, folks!