ANAHEIM -- The defensive improvement shown by Dayan Viciedo in left field doesn't necessarily have to be measured statistically. Simply look at Viciedo's reaction to Howie Kendrick's go-ahead, two-run double in the sixth inning of Thursday's victory to judge those increased expectations.
Viciedo had the ball bounce off of his glove after not taking a great angle to the line shot. But Viciedo felt he should have caught the ball, which was a thought echoed by manager Robin Ventura.
"I felt like it was a tough ball right over me to catch, but I probably should have caught it," said Viciedo through translator and White Sox coach Lino Diaz. "I probably should work a little bit more on that part, the fly balls, but I feel good."
"Last year, where you look out there when stuff was hit, you watch with a different eye now," Ventura said. "You expect him to make plays. He has a stronger arm as far as getting into the right position and getting around it and throwing to a base."
Prior to Friday's action, Viciedo walked six times in his last seven games, after not walking once in his first 13, to go with a .429 average over his last 11.
"I'm actually seeing the ball better," Viciedo said before going 2-for-4 with two singles in Friday's 3-0 win over the Angels. "I still will commit to a pitch that is out of the zone, but I'm able to figure it out on the next pitch and fix it right away, which has been very helpful to me, as opposed to continue to swing out of the zone. I've been able to fix the problem right within the at-bat."
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