Outfielder Alejandro De Aza is the league leader in home runs. That is not a misprint. De Aza is indeed leading not just the AL, but all of MLB in homers. Of course, it is only the first week of the season, so you might want to take that with a large grain of salt.
That said, De Aza is off to the fastest start of his career. He has been getting the nod in left for the first three games instead of Dayan Viciedo due to the first three starters the Chicago White Sox have faced being righties. After hitting 17 total home runs last year and a total of just four at U.S. Cellular Field, it is hard for one to be optimistic about De Aza’s recent success.
Of course, De Aza can suffer a power outage of epic proportions. The real question remains: what should people make of De Aza’s firework display?
Entering into 2014, the Sox declared that they would have a left field platoon that featured De Aza and Viciedo. Both players are starting-caliber players who deserve to be penciled into the lineup every game. With no place to put both of them every game, each player has become expendable.
Rumors surfaced throughout the offseason and Spring Training that teams were calling the Sox asking about both guys. The Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants were two of said teams. The success of both players does not just help the present, but also the future.
If De Aza continues to put on a clinic at the plate, the White Sox would not be hesitant to move Viciedo. No one expects De Aza to mash more than 20 homers this season. A realistic expectation is for De Aza to continue to develop into a more polished hitter who can get on base as well as provide some power. If he can continue on his progression, Viciedo might be packing his bags come deadline time.
A power bat like Viciedo, who can be a middle-of-the-order savior for a few teams, would bring back a hefty package of promising prospects. “Promising prospects” are the two magic words every team in rebuilding mode loves to hear.