Don't rush to pick up Dayan Viciedo
The loss of Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia for the rest of the season because of a torn labrum in his left shoulder shouldn't send shockwaves through the fantasy baseball world. After all, Garcia, 22, was owned in barely 10 percent of ESPN standard leagues at the time of Wednesday's injury, hitting .267 with two home runs. ESPN Fantasy projected him to hit 14 home runs and steal nine bases, so he wasn’t exactly a fantasy building block. However, the guy likely to replace Garcia on a regular basis really isn’t special, either.
Dayan Viciedo, the 25-year-old Cuban, saw his home run output fall from 25 in 2012 to 14 last year, and through 10 days of this season was essentially platooning with left fielder Alejandro De Aza. Viciedo bats right-handed and can’t do much with right-handed pitching, but now he's going to face it regularly. This is not a good thing. His big league career spans more than 1,200 plate appearances and while the .915 OPS against lefties shines, the .674 OPS against right-handers is a problem. Similarly, De Aza also will be exposed because he will, in theory, face all pitchers, even the lefties that tend to flummox him. De Aza has nary a hit in the past week after smacking a few home runs early, and unless he's stealing bases, he's not a top-50 outfielder, either.