The Chicago White Sox annoyed a lot of people with the way they handled the offseason in terms of their designated hitter. Some people wanted them to go for someone like Nelson Cruz or Marcell Ozuna but that wasn’t ever going to happen. They seemed pretty dead set on using Andrew Vaughn in that role going forward and it seems like it may be the right decision. For White Sox fans who don’t know who he is, they are going to learn soon.
Vaughn is listed as the White Sox number one prospect. He is an impressive power hitter that can be a designated hitter or first baseman. Both of those positions may be in his future either full-time or as a platoon (in terms of which position he is playing). We do know that his bat should be a part of the lineup for the White Sox in close to every game.
He is going to get to the MLB in a very unique way. He was the third overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft but he didn’t get to progress through the system as most players do. The 2020 Minor League season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic so he might not get that opportunity. Instead, inserting him into the MLB lineup right away might be the best bet.
In his second spring training game, he blasted his first home run of the exhibition season. Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu were on base so it was a huge moment to get him started. The White Sox believe that he is going to do a lot of that going forward so it was nice to get a little preview.
As you can see, this kid absolutely can demolish a baseball. It is only going to get worse for opposing pitchers as he continues to get better. He brings so much excitement to this team and it is just another step towards the team having sustained success. This blast wasn’t the only impact he had on the game either. He had the three RBIs from the home run but he also had a walk and another run scored in the ballgame as well. He can impact the game in many ways and he did that right away.
You may remember the debuts of Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez, and Luis Robert amongst others and Andrew Vaughn’s won’t be much different. The only thing that is different for him is that he is joining a team that expects to win. They are going to be so good in 2021 and he figures to be a big part of it. Hopefully, he can have big hits like that all season long.