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White Sox GM won’t rock the boat by promoting Dayan Viciedo

Jun 20, 2011, 7:55 PM EDT

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While acknowledging the fine job the Cuban defector was doing at Triple-A Charlotte, White Sox GM Ken Williams said there isn’t currently any place for him on the major league roster.

Manager Ozzie Guillen insisted last week that Juan Pierre was his left fielder and leadoff hitter for as long as he’s on the team, so Williams doesn’t see that there’s any way Viciedo could fit right now, even though Viciedo has hit .330/.372/.538 with 11 homers and 49 RBI in 66 games while playing mostly right field for Charlotte.

As Williams told the Chicago Tribune:

I admire the focus, hard work and the thought that he knows he’s put himself in a position to where he’s ready and going to be a major contributor, but also in keeping his focus at the job at hand, and keeping his head and (rear) in Charlotte versus having his head in Chicago. And that’s not easy to do all the time. I admire him for that. But right now we’re going to hold tight. Ozzie likes the team that he’s running out there every day.

Even though that team features a leadoff hitter with a .257/.319/.300 line and nine caught stealings in 19 attempts.

There is a potential solution for Williams: he could just release Pierre to make room for Viciedo in left field.  But he’s not ready to take that step yet.

  1. clydeserra - Jun 21, 2011 at 2:38 AM

    That’s no way to run a railroad.

  2. desde333 - Jun 21, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    All the cuban unknown players go fast to MLB, but all the cuban stars needs wait eternally in minor league: Jorge Toca, Kendry Morales, Aroldis Chapman and Dayan Viviedo. What is the mystery? Why the
    contradiction? The cuban government tentacles?

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