06/23/11 5:52 PM ET
Viciedo, Infante to play in Futures Game
By Paul Casella / MLB.com
Viciedo, the White Sox No. 1 prospect per MLB.com, has the International League's fourth-highest batting average, at .324. The third baseman/outfielder has slugged 11 home runs and is third in the league in RBIs, with 49. He also played in the 2009 Futures Game, going 1-for-2 with an RBI double.
With the White Sox offense struggling to find consistency this season, the question of calling up Viciedo to the Majors has been posed to both general manager Ken Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen, especially over the past couple of weeks. Guillen, however, while acknowledging Viciedo's success and talent, simply wouldn't know who to replace on the current 25-man roster to make room for the 22-year-old.
"I'm ready," said Viciedo during a phone interview with MLB.com earlier this month.
"It would be awfully interesting to have him in this lineup," Williams said around the same time. "He's ready. He's obviously got some things he still needs to work on, but I would have no qualms about bringing him here. I'm not going to bring him here to sit. Ozzie is not ready to change the mix he has right now, and that has to be respected."
Infante, a right-handed reliever, made a serious run at making the team out of Spring Training, and the White Sox believe he can contribute at the Major League level if he can consistently throw strikes. He earned his selection to the Futures Game in large part because of his performance earlier this season with Double-A Birmingham, where he threw 15 1/3 scoreless innings before being promoted to Charlotte. He has a 3.06 ERA over 17 2/3 innings with the Knights.
Among the 221 players from the first 12 XM All-Star Futures Games that are currently on Major League rosters are Mark Buehrle, John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Edwin Jackson, Adam Dunn, Brent Lillibridge, Alex Rios and Ramon Castro.
The 13th annual Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday on Taco Bell All-Star Sunday, July 10, at 5 p.m. CT. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on XM 175. MLB.com will provide complete coverage before, during and after the game, and you can keep up to date by following @MLBFutures on Twitter. Fans can join the Futures Game conversation by tagging tweets with #mlbfutures.
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Paul Casella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.