View Full Version : Astros scout top Cuban defector: Dayan Viciedo

11-12-2008, 10:20 PM
Six of the Astros’ scouts, including assistant general manager Bobby Heck, were in attendance in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, Wednesday to watch Dayan Viciedo, who was considered one of Cuba's top teen baseball players before he defected in May.

Heck, Latin American scouting director Felix Francisco, East Coast supervisor Clarence Johns, professional scout Jeff McAvoy and two Dominican-based scouts represented the Astros’ at a workout attended by over 100 scouts.

The first day of Viciedo’s two-day workout, which was attended by all 30 clubs, was held at the Chicago White Sox’s complex. The second day of the 19-year-old’s workout will be held at the New York Yankees’ facility, which is also in Boca Chica.

“He’s an offense-driven guy,” Heck said of Viciedo, who also has been listed as a DH and first baseman. “There’s power and bat there. It’s just really to what degree and comfort. I would say at this point the evaluation is still ongoing. Felix had seen him the last two years at the Junior World Championships, as recent as 2007 in Mexico.”

Viciedo, a former Junior World Championships MVP, defected in May and has been trying to establish residency in the Dominican Republic. The commissioner’s office recently declared him a free agent, so teams can sign him without having to go through the June draft.

He was listed previously as 6-1 and 210 pounds, but scouts who were present said the slugger appeared much heavier than he had looked at tournaments representing Cuba.

source: Houston Chronicle
link: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/bb/6109284.html