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Patience is key with slumping Viciedo

Patience is key with slumping Viciedo

Patience is key with slumping Viciedo
CHICAGO -- Dayan Viciedo's 6-for-36 funk and two RBIs over his last 13 games is a matter of trust, according to White Sox hitting coach Jeff Manto.

"Right now, he's just like any other young hitter. He has to trust information he's getting and trust information he's seeing on the video," said Manto. "People are throwing him away. And I think he doesn't trust the information.

"He sees it on the video and the reports and sees it in the game plan. He doesn't trust it right now, which is normal for a young player. Players need to experience it. That's why sometimes we can overcoach. That's when coaches get in trouble stepping in and giving too much information."

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Viciedo entered Friday's action hitting .189 with one homer and eight RBIs over his last 21 games, but he had 13 homers and 46 RBIs in his past 71 games since May 14. So the offensive power is there once Viciedo makes the adjustments.

"Every night he's being pitched middle, away," Manto said. "Right now, he's pulling off the ball. Once he trusts he can go the other way and that his strength is to go the other way, he'll get back in his groove. For right now, he's coming out of his comfort zone a little bit too much."

During Friday night's 4-3 win over the A's, Viciedo showed just what Manto was talking about with an opposite-field, game-tying homer in the seventh inning.

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