You might see the terms “Career Year” or “Breakout Season” often from baseball writers all over the world. It is possible that you could read that this season about the left fielder for the Chicago White Sox, Dayan Viciedo. Last season was his first full year at the major league level and he showed plenty of ability over the course of the 147 games he played. Though he had some good numbers in 2012, there is room for improvement.
Viciedo finished with 25 homers and 78 RBI last year. That is more than admirable for the first full season. If you wonder why his name wasn’t mentioned more often among young elite players it might be because of the .255 batting average or the .300 on base percentage. For certain striking out 120 times will do that to a young player. In order to take the next step in his career, Viciedo needs to have more plate discipline.
The really good news for White Sox fans is that he is a young guy and usually with more at-bats comes more plate discipline. I feel sure the same will be true of Viciedo this season and next. This spring his batting average was up around .280 and he struck out 13 times over 61 at-bats to date. That isn’t a ton better but it does show some improvement. This regular season as he adapts to the second full year of major league pitchers, you are likely to see Viciedo use better discipline at the plate. That would mean you will hear the loud crack of his bat more often this season. It could be a 30 homer or 100 RBI year for him if things work out well.