Viciedo one of seven headed to AFL
Cuban infielder to continue development with top prospects
BOSTON -- Dayan Viciedo might not have the chance to show off his considerable talent at the big league level before the 2009 campaign comes to a close.
But the 20-year-old Cuban officially received a boost for his 2010 White Sox preparation on Tuesday afternoon.
Viciedo was one of seven White Sox prospects named to the Peoria Javelinas roster for the 2009 Arizona Fall League season. The third baseman will be joined by outfielder Jordan Danks, infielder C.J. Retherford and pitchers Justin Cassel, Johnnie Lowe, Henry Mabee and Jacob Rasner.
The 18th annual Arizona Fall League season begins on Oct. 13 and runs through Nov. 19 with the Rising Stars game on Nov. 7 and the championship game set for Nov. 21. Every game can be followed live on MLB.com Gameday and MLBFallBall.com.
After receiving interest from numerous teams, including the Yankees and Red Sox, Viciedo and the White Sox agreed upon a four-year, $10 million deal on Dec. 12, 2008, which included a $4 million signing bonus. Viciedo and his $1 million salary for 2009 have spent the year as one of the top performers for the playoff-bound squad at Double-A Birmingham in the Southern League.
"He made more money than I did," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen of Viciedo with a laugh. "This kid is our big prospect. I will have the chance to see him play and I think that will help him with his development.
"I hope Viciedo takes this thing very seriously about getting better and not go there just to go there. I think it's a good opportunity for him to make a big step and make improvement. Not too many people go to the Fall League. It's nice to get picked to go there."
Through 119 games with the Barons, Viciedo has a .275 average with 10 home runs and 66 RBIs. Retherford also has put his name on the White Sox map with a .306 average, 71 RBIs and 64 runs scored at Birmingham.
Danks, the younger brother of White Sox pitcher John Danks, figures to have a shot at breaking camp with the White Sox in 2011, if not as soon as 2010. The left-handed hitter has a .273 average with eight home runs and 37 RBIs between stops at Class A Winston-Salem and Birmingham.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.