Chicago White Sox Call Up 21-Year-Old Prospect Dayan Viciedo

Chris MurphyAnalyst IJune 18, 2010

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 12:  World Futures All-Star Dayan Viciedo of the Chicago White Sox smiles during the 2009 XM All-Star Futures Game at Busch Stadium on July 12, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Before the 2009 season, the Chicago White Sox signed the then 19-year-old Dayan Viciedo to a four-year, $10 million contract.

Now, the White Sox are calling up the 21-year-old Cuban from Triple-A Charlotte while Jayson Nix will be designated for assignment.

Viciedo is 9-for-23 with two home runs in his last six games, improving his average to .288 to go along with 13 home runs and 31 RBI. He has played first base most of the season but could find himself at third base to fill in for the injured Mark Teahen rather than Omar Vizquel.

One has to see this as an upgrade for the White Sox due to the fact neither Nix nor Vizquel are going to give you much offensively at third base. And Nix, who was seeing a majority of the time, certainly wasn't giving the White Sox anything special on defense.

Another positive is the fact that this will get Viciedo a chance to see some major league pitching.

One pitcher Viciedo will not see however, is Stephen Strasburg, who faces the White Sox Friday. Facing Strasburg three times is the probably not the greatest way to start your career, so the White Sox have decided against that.

Nix batted just .163 in 49 at-bats this season. The White Sox have 10 days to trade or release Nix, who could be placed on waivers during the 10-day period. The 27-year-old Nix hopes to return to Charlotte after clearing waivers.