Chicago White Sox: The Rise of Dayan Viciedo

Ernest ShepardAnalyst IIIMay 31, 2012

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 30: Outfielder Dayan Viciedo #24 of the Chicago White Sox scores a run against the Tampa Bay Rays May 30, 2012  at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (The Sox won 4 - 3. Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Dayan Viciedo was one of the biggest question marks for the White Sox going into the season. For the first month or so, “The Tank,” as Hawk Harrelson calls him, was providing puny offensive numbers.

Fast forward to June 1, and you will find one of the hottest hitters in baseball wearing the No. 24 jersey.

Currently Dayan Viciedo is enjoying a career-best seven-game hitting streak. During his hot streak, Viciedo has hit four home runs with 13 RBI. What has been more impressive is the zero in his stat line.

Viciedo has not struck out in eight games.

He has only walked once in this stretch, but his patience at the plate has been noticeable. He is working the count well and forcing the opposing team’s pitchers to offer up a healthy dose of pitches to his liking. As a result, Viciedo’s batting average has shot up 58 points to .291 ever since his hitting streak began.

Another indication that the tide has turned for Viciedo is the recent spike in his fantasy baseball owners. According to ESPN’s fantasy baseball site, ownership has increased a staggering 53.8 percent over the past week. He is currently owned by 93.6 percent of all fantasy baseball owners.

It seems people are catching on. Let's just hope that he will keep it up.