Look for Viciedo to get regular playing time, a contingency built into the phenom's promotion and basically halting any earlier callup this season. But manager Ozzie Guillen still wants to pick the best spots for Viciedo to succeed, and avoid the hype machine that seemed to roll over Gordon Beckham after his standout rookie effort in 2009.
"I expect him to do well, I'm rooting for him to do well. But this is a different baseball game up here," Guillen said. "People in Chicago placing an expectation, keep it low key. That happened to Gordon Beckham a few years ago, where people thought he was the next Mickey Mantle playing second base.
"They put a lot of expectation on him like, 'Wow, this kid is going to be a superstar.' The expectation was too high, and [we didn't] let the kid grow up and be a baseball player. I think we -- and I include myself -- [handled it] in the wrong way. Like, 'Wow, this is the guy.' I wish we handled every one like [Brent] Morel.
"We did a very poor -- I don't want to say marketing or PR -- [job with] how Beckham is. The same thing can happen to Viciedo," Guillen said. "How I played Viciedo last year was perfect. The guy he can handle it better. We have a good idea how to make the lineup with the kids."