White Sox promote manager to lead Double-A Birmingham Barons this upcoming season. In 2018, he led High-A Winston-Salem to the postseason.
In 2018, Omar Vizquel helped lead White Sox High-A affiliate Winston-Salem Dash to the postseason. After a lengthy major league career with a stint in Chicago with the Sox, Vizquel enjoyed success as a manager in the minors last season.
Vizquel was named Carolina League manager of the year in 2018 after a quality season with the Dash. This upcoming season, Vizquel will get another crack at managing in the Sox farm system but this time in Double-A.
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The Sox announced Vizquel’s promotion earlier this week as he will manage the Birmingham Barons during the 2019 season. Vizquel will manage some of the same players that were a part of the Dash last season. Some of those players include Dylan Cease, Luis Alexander Basabe and Dane Dunning.
There will be other players from the 2018 Dash squad that will eventually make their Double-A debuts this upcoming season. Luis Robert, Micker Adolfo and possibly Nick Madrigal could each find themselves in a Barons uniform later this year.
Vizquel impressed many people within the Sox organization last season. With his ability to lead a Dash team comprised of many top prospects in the Sox farm system, promoting Vizquel to manage the Barons appears to have been a no-brainer for their front office. Chris Getz, director of player development for the Sox expects Vizquel to create a great culture in Birmingham just as he did in Winston-Salem.
"“He created a great culture at Winston-Salem, those guys responded, and we expect something similar to happen in Birmingham at a higher level.” Chris Getz"
The Sox farm system features some talented prospects and if 2018 is any indication on how 2019 will fare for the Barons with Vizquel as manager, there should be more positive developments for top prospects. Vizquel is making a name for himself as a manager in the Sox organization. He could be a top managerial candidate in MLB someday soon.