The Chicago White Sox shouldn’t struggle to hit the ball over the fence in 2014. US Cellular Field has always been a hitter-friendly ballpark, but the home runs numbers are really going to be inflated this season as Chicago’s everyday line-up is going to be jam-packed with power hitters this summer. There was talk that Chicago might try to deal left fielder Dayan Viciedo for a more versatile prospect, but White Sox general manager Rick Hahn decided Viciedo was more valuable on the South Side than in another city.
Viciedo was a “Super Two” qualifier this past season, which means the White Sox were forced to arbitration in order to keep the 24-year-old Cuban in town. Needless to say, Hahn made a one-year commitment to Viciedo, with the hopes that No. 24 someday matures into a stout middle of the line-up bat. Unfortunately, the opportunities that Viciedo saw during his first two years at the big-league level.
New faces like Adam Eaton and Jose Abreu are sure to vulture a few of Viciedo’s at-bats, which isn’t good news for the such a young outfielder, who is desperate to get in a rhythm. Furthermore, it’s absolutely crucial for Viciedo to get off to a hot start in 2014 to insure manager Robin Ventura is penciling his name in the line-up more often than not.