ARLINGTON -- Dayan Viciedo joined the White Sox along with praise coming from general manager Ken Williams of being the most dangerous he has been with the bat since joining the organization. Viciedo's innate ability is evident by watching him through just two or three at-bats, but his increased knowledge of his swing and offensive approach have made Viciedo a much tougher out.
"One of the biggest things I've adjusted to is not putting the same swing on every ball," said Viciedo, through translator and bullpen coach Juan Nieves. "On certain swings, I stay inside the ball. The pitch dictates how hard of a swing you put on, not swinging at every pitch as hard as I can.
"Video is one of my biggest assets. And one of the biggest adjustments I've had to make throughout my career is swinging at strikes and being more selective."
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen saw Viciedo take batting practice before Spring Training and felt the corner infielder was ready to take off as a pretty good hitter. As for his ultimate potential, Guillen wasn't ready to label Viciedo as a middle-of-the-order sort of run producer, instead giving him greater time to develop.
"This isn't Cuban baseball. This is the big leagues," said Guillen, who has managed four Cuban players. "People think Cuba has great players and Cuban baseball is the best baseball. That's a bunch of [garbage].
"Few Cuban players come to the United States and develop right away. Maybe one or two, [Alexei] Ramirez, everyone else takes a long time. You see the kid from Anaheim [Kendry Morales] took five to six years to develop. It's a different ballgame."