White Sox Midseason Report





Best Player: If there had been a spot on the 25-man roster, Dayan Viciedo would have been promoted from Triple-A Charlotte already. Viciedo has done everything asked of him in his second full season at Charlotte, and that's reflected in his .324/.371/.530 batting line. He has also made a smooth transition from first base to right field. Viciedo made a strong impression in spring training until he broke his right thumb after getting hit by a pitch, which cost him any chance of making the Sox roster. Viciedo spent two days away from Charlotte so he could complete the necessary paperwork to become a U.S. citizen, after leaving Cuba in 2008.

Biggest Leap Forward: After not having a defined role during his first three seasons, 24-year-old Tyler Kuhn has emerged as a lefthanded-hitting second baseman. Kuhn finished the first half leading the Southern League with a .367 batting average at Double-A Birmingham. "It just seems he has a knack to square the ball up," minor league roving infield instructor Ever Magallanes said. "He has a little bit of an unorthodox swing, but he's leading the Southern League in hitting and doing something right. On the defensive side, he doesn't look smooth. But he gets it done, which is good."

Biggest Disappointment: Righthander Leroy Hunt received a $150,000 bonus as a fourth-round pick in 2007 but has failed to pitch above Class A. Hunt didn't have much pitching experience prior to his signing after making the conversion from an outfielder. Nevertheless, he has been hindered by wildness, especially at high Class A Winston-Salem (50 walks in 47 innings).

CHI-LITES

• The White Sox signed 23 of their first 50 draft picks, led by Kent State closer Kyle McMillen, their fourth-round selection.

• Righthander Gregori Infante was selected to join Viciedo in the Futures Game. Infante had a combined 1.64 ERA in 25 appearances at Birmingham and Charlotte, and he didn't allow a run in five appearances with the Sox last September.