White Sox might move Dayan Viciedo from right field to left
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org February 27, 2012 7:42PM
Outfielder Dayan Viciedo says he’s open to playing whatever position the White Sox need him to play. | Jae C. Hong~AP
Updated: March 29, 2012 8:12AM
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Manager Robin Ventura is open to the possibility of yet another move for Dayan Viciedo, perhaps to left field.
Viciedo, who came up as a corner infielder, made a smooth transition to right field last spring to make room for Brent Morel at third base.
With Alejandro De Aza looking like the best center fielder, it was thought Alex Rios was facing a move to left. But Rios is inexperienced in left, and Ventura said he thinks Viciedo can handle the move without much difficulty.
‘‘He’s a good athlete,’’ Ventura said of Viciedo. ‘‘Alex had his best years in right. There’s comfort in that and knowing he can do it. You put all those things together and see what’s best for us instead of one person.’’
‘‘I can play anywhere,’’ Viciedo said. ‘‘Wherever they want me to play, I’ll play.’’
Auditions in the pen
Assuming rookie Addison Reed makes the team, three bullpen spots are up for grabs this spring. Among those in the running are left-handers Hector Santiago, Pedro Hernandez, Donnie Veal, Leyson Septimo, Charlie Leesman and Eric Stults, pitching coach Don Cooper said.
‘‘It’s going be fun watching guys pitch in games,’’ Cooper said. ‘‘You can see certain things on the side and in batting practice, but when the games come, that’s when the real evaluation starts. Nobody makes the team or gets cut in the first 10 days. Then the evaluation starts.’’
Veteran lefties Matt Thornton and Will Ohman and right-hander Jesse Crain are assured of jobs.
Molina in control
The White Sox gave up closer Sergio Santos to pry right-handed prospect Nestor Molina from the Toronto Blue Jays’ farm system, so it’s safe to say Molina is being watched closely in camp.
Molina’s best pitch is his splitter, and his best asset is his command. He struck out 114 and walked 16 in a combined 130 innings at Class A and Class AA last season. He pitched only 22 innings in Class AA, so he might need more seasoning at that level.
‘‘I would definitely be disappointed if I didn’t make the team because I came in here with the mind-set that I’m going to be on the roster,’’ Molina, 23, said. ‘‘But if I don’t make it, I’ll work
my butt off in the minor leagues, and I know there will be an opportunity sometime during the season where I’ll be able to move back up.’’