Dayán Viciedo

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Viciedo and the second or maternal family name is Pérez.
Dayán Viciedo
Dayán Viciedo on June 26, 2012.jpg
Viciedo with the Chicago White Sox
Oakland Athletics
Left fielder
Born: (1989-03-10) March 10, 1989 (age 26)
Remedios, Villa Clara Province, Cuba
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 20, 2010 for the Chicago White Sox
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .254
Hits 425
Home runs 66
Runs batted in 211
Teams

Dayán Viciedo Pérez (born March 10, 1989)[1] is a Cuban professional baseball outfielder in the Oakland Athletics organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago White Sox.

Early life[edit]

Viciedo entered Cuba's National Series at age 15 for Villa Clara,[2][3] and was often compared to Cuban legend Omar Linares, his idol.[4]

Viciedo struggled in his first season in the national series, hitting only .243 through the season's first 50 games.[5] However, in his second season, at age sixteen, he hit .337 with 14 home runs.[6] Viciedo was selected to Cuba's provisional 60-player roster for the 2006 World Baseball Classic,[5] but was not included in the final team.[7] On May 20, 2008, Viciedo defected from Cuba with his family on a boat bound for Mexico. Once in Mexico he crossed the border to the United States and went to Miami where he was reunited with some of his family.[8][9] He was approved as a declared free agent by Major League Baseball on November 10, 2008.

Professional career[edit]

Viciedo agreed to a four-year, $10 million contract with the Chicago White Sox on December 12, 2008. The contract included a $4 million signing bonus, and paid $1 million in 2009, $1.25 million in 2010 and 2011, as well as $2.5 million in 2012. Signing with the White Sox reunited him with fellow Cuban countryman, Alexei Ramírez.[10]

Minor leagues[edit]

Viciedo began the 2009 season with the Double-A Birmingham Barons of the Southern League. During the season he hit .280 with 12 home runs and 78 RBIs.[1]

Viciedo was batting .290, with 14 home runs and 34 RBI in 238 at bats with Triple-A Charlotte Knights before getting called up by the Chicago White Sox on June 17, 2010. He finished the season batting .274 with 20 home runs and 47 RBI in 343 at-bats.[1]

Viciedo moved to right field at the beginning of the 2011 season in an attempt to get him up to the Major League level faster. He was batting .296, with 20 home runs and 78 RBI in 452 at bats with Triple-A Charlotte Knights[1] before being called up by the White Sox on August 26, 2011 because of an injury to Carlos Quentin.[11]

Chicago White Sox[edit]

Viciedo joined the White Sox for their 2009 Spring Training, but did not make the starting roster and was sent to Double-A Birmingham Barons to open the 2009 season. He was invited to Spring Training again in 2010. On June 17, 2010, it was announced that Viciedo would be called up. In his first Major League game against the Washington Nationals he recorded his first hit en route to a White Sox 6–3 win. Viciedo recorded his first Major League home run on July 5, 2010 against Scott Kazmir of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and two days later, on July 7, recorded his first career double against Joe Saunders of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In 2010, he played in 38 games and batted .308 with 5 home runs and 13 RBI.[12] In 2011, Viciedo appeared in 29 games and hit .255 with 1 home run and 6 RBI.[12] He would take on a starting role in 2012, and hit career-highs with games played (147), home runs (25), and RBI (78) while recording a .255 batting average.[12]

In 2013, Viciedo suffered an oblique strain in April that required a stint on the 15-day disabled list.[13] In 124 games be would hit .265 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI.[12] 2014 would see Viciedo play in 145 games, batting a career-low .231 with 21 home runs and 58 RBI.[12] He signed a one-year contract worth $4.4 million with the White Sox on January 12, 2015, to avoid arbitration.[14] However, he was designated for assignment on January 28,[15] and released on February 4.[16]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

On March 1, 2015, Viciedo signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. He would have earned $2.5 million if he made the 25-man roster,[17][18] however he requested and was granted his release on March 31.[19]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

On June 12, 2015, Viciedo signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics.[20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Dayan Viciedo Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ Rogers, Phil (February 25, 2009). "Chicago White Sox Cuban prospect Dayan Viciedo: How good will he be?". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ Rojas, Enrique (November 21, 2008). "White Sox sign Viciedo to major league deal". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ Gonzales, Mark (February 20, 2009). "White Sox's Dayan Viciedo connects with Cuban teammates, and ball in batting practice". Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Singer, Tom (2006-02-12). "Youth no obstacle for Cuba's Viciedo". MLB.com. Retrieved 2006-10-10. 
  6. ^ "2005–06 Regular season batting statistics". Retrieved 2006-10-10. 
  7. ^ Wendel, Tim (March 5, 2006). "Cuba's ninth-inning gamble". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ Merkin, Scott (September 30, 2012). "Ramirez, Viciedo learning from fellow Cuban Minoso". MLB.com. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Top Cuban baseball player defects to United States". Reuters. June 9, 2008. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  10. ^ Merkin, Scott (2008-12-12). "Viciedo's four-year pact finalized". MLB.com. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  11. ^ Padilla, Doug (August 27, 2011). "White Sox put Carlos Quentin on DL". espn.go.com. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c d e "Dayan Viciedo Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  13. ^ Padilla, Doug (April 20, 2013). "Dayan Viciedo to DL with left oblique strain". espn.go.com. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  14. ^ "White Sox agree to 1-year deal with OF Viciedo". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 12, 2015. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  15. ^ "White Sox agree to $2M deal with Gordon Beckham, cut Dayan Viciedo". Fox Sports. Associated Press. January 28, 2015. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  16. ^ Gleeman, Aaron (February 4, 2015). "White Sox release Dayan Viciedo, eat $733,000 after failing to find a trade". NBC Sports. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  17. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (March 1, 2015). "Blue Jays sign Viciedo to Minor League deal". Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Blue Jays sign Dayan Viciedo". ESPN.com. Associated Press. March 1, 2015. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  19. ^ Singh, David (March 31, 2015). "Blue Jays grant release to OF Dayan Viciedo". sportsnet.ca. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  20. ^ Gleeman, Aaron (June 12, 2015). "A’s sign former White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo". hardballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved June 12, 2015. 

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