Is Viciedo taking his defensive struggles to the plate?

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Is Viciedo taking his defensive struggles to the plate?

Through 30 Cactus at-bats heading into Friday, Dayan Viciedo has struck out 11 times with just two walks and four hits. On top of that, the 23-year-old has struggled defensively, looking far from comfortable after moving from right to left field.

Kenny Williams admitted as much earlier this week, telling CSN's Pat Boyle that he sees his left fielder as "uncomfortable" in the outfield. Viciedo's move to left field is a necessary one given it allows Alejandro De Aza to play center and Alex Rios in right, positions at which both players are defensively utilized the best.

But there's another wrinkle here. Viciedo's defensive issues may be seeping into his offensive production, or lack thereof.

"I'm sure there's a little bit of that, being able to separate your offense and your defense. I don't think there's any question about that," White Sox director of player development Buddy Bell said. "It would affect the most veteran of guys, so I would say yeah, it would affect him somewhat."

Plenty of players go through positional changes, but Viciedo's situation is different. He's only been an outfielder for one year, so he's relatively inexperienced in that area of the field.

Bell lauded Viciedo's defensive improvements early last year, saying he thought Viciedo was ready to play right field in the majors in late May. That's a pretty quick turnaround, so perhaps that's a reason to hope Viciedo's defense will quickly improve.

"You have to find a position for a guy like this," Bell said Friday. "He's mentally tough and he'll figure it out."

Preview: White Sox host Tigers in doubleheader today on CSN

Preview: White Sox host Tigers in doubleheader today on CSN

The White Sox take on the Detroit Tigers in a doubleheader today, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.

Coverage for Game 1 begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 3:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Game 1 starting pitching matchup: Mike Pelfrey (1-4, 4.85 ERA) vs. Matthew Boyd (2-4, 5.36 ERA)

Game 2 starting pitching matchup: Tyler Danish (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Buck Farmer (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

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White Sox top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter in Triple-A Charlotte

White Sox top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter in Triple-A Charlotte

Lucas Giolito threw a seven-inning no-hitter in Game 1 of Thursday's Charlotte Knights doubleheader.

The White Sox top pitching prospect recorded three strikeouts and issued three walks in a 4-0 win.

The Knights' Twitter account posted a video of the final out:

Perhaps the best part? It was against the Syracuse Chiefs, the Washington Nationals' minor league team.

The Nationals selected Giolito with the 16th pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. Last offseason, the 22-year-old was traded to the White Sox — along with Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning — as a key component in exchange for Adam Eaton.

The last Knights pitcher to throw a no-hitter was Andre Rienzo on July 25, 2013 against the Indianapolis Indians, which also came in the first game of a doubleheader.