Could Viciedo wind up in left field?

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Could Viciedo wind up in left field?

Here's perhaps the first real bit of news to come out of spring training, courtesy of our own Chuck Garfien:

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Chuck GarfienWhen all is said and done, don't be surprised if Alex Rios starts in RF and Dayan Viciedo moves to LF.
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There are a few implications if this indeed does happen. The first would be that the Sox appear committed to playing Alejandro De Aza in center field, which makes sense because he's the team's best defensive center fielder. But Rios needs to play somewhere, and he previously stated he wouldn't be comfortable in left field -- which is fair, given he's only played one game there in his entire career.

Playing Rios in an unfamiliar position could be counter-productive to getting his offensive production back to some level of respectability. If he's taking any defensive issues with him to the plate, that probably won't end well for his overall production.

Although being comfortable hasn't always worked for getting players to rebound -- look no further than Mark Teahen, who struggled through 2010 despite having the comfort of a three-year contract given to him after the Sox acquired him in 2009.

Viciedo would, in theory, be less prone to seeing his offensive numbers dip due to a position switch. He moved from third base to right field and continued to improve at the plate, and while right to left field is a significant change, it's not as earth-shattering as moving from the infield to outfield.

So here we have a storyline to follow this spring with potentially long-lasting implications. Viciedo has been penciled in as the right fielder of the future, but maybe we'll have to change that to left.

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four of the team's top-10 prospects and a former All-Star are among the 19 nonroster invitees to White Sox big league camp this spring.

The team announced Monday that prospects Michael Kopech, Zack Collins, Zack Burdi and Spencer Adams have all been invited to camp next month. Everth Cabrera, an All-Star in 2013 for the San Diego Padres, Cody Asche, Cory Luebke and Geovany Soto are among the eight minor league free agents who also received an invitation. Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Glendale, Ariz. on Feb. 14 while the team holds its first full-squad workout on Feb. 18.

Kopech was acquired in the Chris Sale trade in December while Collins and Burdi were both selected in the 2016 amateur draft. Adams was drafted in 2014.

Signed earlier this month, Soto is expected to earn a spot on the 25-man roster. Soto, who played for the White Sox in 2015, finished last season with four home runs and an .809 OPS in 86 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Angels.

Cabrera, who produced 4.6 Wins Above Replacement between 2012-13, hasn't played in the majors since he appeared in 29 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2015. Luebke, who has twice had reconstructive elbow surgery, finished with a 9.35 ERA in nine games for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Asche blasted 31 homers with a .240/.298/.385 slash line in 1,287 plate appearances since 2013 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Other minor league free agents include: left-handed pitcher David Holmberg, right-handers Blake Smith and Anthony Swarzak, and catcher Roberto Pena.

White Sox minor leaguer pitchers Aaron Bummer, Brian Clark, Jace Fry and Matt Purke, infielders Nicky Delmonico and Danny Hayes, and outfielder Courtney Hawkins also have been invited to camp.

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