Viciedo’s struggles are so pronounced that one major-league talent evaluator not associated with the White Sox recently expressed shock over the power hitter’s ineffective approach at the plate.
Viciedo returned from the disabled list May 10 after missing just short of a month with a strained left oblique muscle. He got back into the swing of things quickly with five multi-hit games in his first 11 games in May before trouble started.
Viciedo has just one multi-hit game since May 21, and since May 27 (a span of 12 games) he is batting .073 with an .093 on-base percentage and an .098 slugging percentage.
“I think it becomes hard for them to understand that they should take five at-bats and no matter the result (work on your approach),” Manager Robin Ventura said. “Otherwise, you're still going to force it over there to get yourself back on track. That's what older guys or in the middle of their career can do. If you're younger it's a little bit more difficult to feel like you have the sure footing to do it.”
Ventura removed Viciedo from Sunday’s game after six innings, but he said that was for defensive considerations and not because the No. 6 man in his lineup had been hitless since Thursday.
Right now Viciedo doesn’t seem able to catch up to fastballs and looks completely baffled by off-speed pitches. Ventura was asked for the plan of attack for helping a hitter who is so pitchable.
“We're going to try to make it change,” Ventura said. “I don't think you're accepting to the fact that a guy is pitchable. He got a little bit (better) once he got over the DL stint, he came back and I don't think he was swinging quite as hard or being as aggressive, and it was working. He was a little more patient. Now it's full-strength and he's trying to make it all back on one swing.”