White Sox Final Report





Best Player: The biggest debate among White Sox fans was why it took so long for the team to promote Dayan Viciedo to the majors.

Simply, manager Ozzie Guillen and his staff had no place on the 25-man roster for Viciedo, 22, and they didn't want to stunt his development. So Viciedo punished Triple-A pitching most of the year by batting .296/.364/.491 with 20 home runs at Charlotte before getting promoted on Aug. 27, when Carlos Quentin sprained his left shoulder.

The 5-foot-11, 230-pound Viciedo also made a virtually seamless transition from the infield to right field, where he could end up replacing Quentin—who will enter his final year of salary arbitration. Viciedo has a powerful arm and has decent instincts.

"Don't worry, he'll drive in many more runs than he'll allow," one American League scout said.

Best Pitcher: Righthander Addison Reed was battle-tested well before he advanced from low Class A Kannapolis last April to the Sox with a September promotion. Reed, 22, was the closer at San Diego State during Stephen Strasburg's junior year in 2009. The next year, Reed took over Strasburg's role as the Aztecs' Friday night starter. After making an impression at big league spring training, Reed maintained his prowess at Kannapolis, high Class A Winston-Salem, Double-A Birmingham and Charlotte. With a 94 mph fastball and sharp slider, Reed led all minor league relievers with 111 strikeouts.

Keep An Eye On: Shortstop Tyler Saladino impressed team officials in the second half with his glove, but infielder Tyler Kuhn hit himself into prospect status by batting .333/.388/.446 between Birmingham and Charlotte. The biggest issue might be finding a place for Kuhn, but his lefthanded bat has become a major asset. He could end up at second base, his natural position.

CHI-LITES

• Rookie-level Bristol second baseman Drew Thompson is expected to be healthy for spring training. Thompson, who missed the first half with a back injury sustained during his final season in the Twins organization, suffered a turf toe injury after hitting a grand slam on July 19.

• Saladino, catcher Josh Phegley, outfielder Brandon Short and righthander Terry Doyle will play for Mesa in the Arizona Fall League. Phegley was selected last fall but didn't play because of a rare blood cell disorder.