Blue Jays, Bisons Make Another Splash

It seems the Toronto Blue Jays have made another splash in the free-agent market that could have an effect on the Buffalo Bisons lineup in 2015.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that the Blue Jays have agreed to terms with outfielder Dayan Viciedo on a minor-league deal. The Chicago White Sox released Viciedo earlier this month, after being designated for assignment.

However, Viciedo’s story and intrigue goes much deeper. Viciedo was once a highly touted Cuban prospect, similar to the likes of Yasiel Puig and Jose Abreu. At 19-years-old in 2008 he was ranked the White Sox second best prospect. In 2010 he was ranked the best power hitter in the entire White Sox system. He was also ranked the best batting prospect in the International League in 2011.  

Thus far, Viciedo would have to be considered a bust. He has been the epitome of “live and die by the long ball,” striking out 122 times last year while only walking 32 times and hitting 21 home runs. Viciedo tallied only an OBP of .281 in 2014.

Though his production has disappointed this far in his career, Viciedo has proven he has the potential. Hopefully he can find that in Toronto or Buffalo. Like Johan Santana, the Bisons are not getting Viciedo’s prime, but certainly are not missing out on the excitement. Hopefully Bisons fans will be seeing a few more baseballs landing out near the I-190 over the left field wall at Coca-Cola Field downtown this summer.