Viciedo learns importance of hustle
White Sox prospect feels wrath for 'B' game mistake
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dayan Viciedo learned an important lesson on Monday, one he probably should have known already from his year as part of the White Sox system.The lesson?
Hustle down the line on every ball hit, regardless of how routine the play is for the defense or where the game is being played.
Viciedo failed to run out a popup during Monday's "B" game against the Dodgers, and heard about that mistake from general manager Ken Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen.Sitting in the Camelback Ranch stands with assistant general manager Rick Hahn, Williams yelled from his perch about Viciedo's lack of effort on this particular play. It was a stern suggestion, with no margin for interpretation, regarding this non-grinder type of move. By the time Williams made his way down to talk to Guillen in the White Sox dugout, Guillen already had talked with Viciedo. He shared Williams' disappointment, if not taking it to a slightly higher level. "I was more upset than Kenny was. We don't put up with that stuff here, and we don't like players playing like that," said Guillen, speaking on the matter following the White Sox 5-4 loss to the Mariners in the afternoon's Cactus League contest. "Especially from a kid who just played Double-A last year, and especially the way the Minor League kids are playing right now, the way they're playing well and hustling," Guillen said. "I talked to him in the dugout before Kenny came down. I talked to him in the dugout after Kenny came down, and he promised me it won't happen again." This move from Viciedo basically came out of frustration. The good-natured young man, who turns 21 on Wednesday, finds himself in a somewhat crucial year to prove himself, per Guillen's spring words. Viciedo had a solid debut with the Barons in 2009 but also is in the second year of a four-year, $10-million deal, which is not commonly found among Minor Leaguers. Money is immaterial in this matter, though. Guillen has pulled players before from big league games under these same conditions and preaches playing hard at all times as one of the few rules on this White Sox team. "It's something that I make very clear in Spring Training," Guillen said. "I don't care if we play a 'D' game or if we play against the coaches. We play for a reason. And the reason is to play good, no matter who you play. "He made a mistake. Hopefully he learns from that mistake, and I don't expect that to happen again and you move on. He knows he did a wrong thing. And it will be a better thing for him next time."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.