Chicago White Sox 2021 Season Preview: Andrew Vaughn

Vincent Parise
CHICAGO - JULY 16: Andrew Vaughn of the Chicago White Sox bats during a summer workout intrasquad game as part of Major League Baseball Spring Training 2.0 on July 16, 2020 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - JULY 16: Andrew Vaughn of the Chicago White Sox bats during a summer workout intrasquad game as part of Major League Baseball Spring Training 2.0 on July 16, 2020 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago White Sox are expecting to see a big year from their rookie, Andrew Vaughn. He is one of the best power-hitting prospects in the world right now so the White Sox are lucky to have him. There are a lot of people who believe that he is going to be a superstar hitter. With all of the star power that will surround him in the lineup, this team is going to be so dangerous offensively.

Andrew Vaughn is going to be a great player for the Chicago White Sox.

We have already started to see a lot of it in the spring so far. He has shown that he can absolutely crush Major League pitching. When he hits his stride, he will be the perfect player to have in the middle of the order. He should get plenty of good pitches to hit with some of the players that will come after him in the order.

The long-term plan is for him to be the first baseman of the future. For now, the reigning MVP in Jose Abreu has that position on lockdown. Vaughn might get there for a few games this season if they give Abreu a rest but it is his for now. That leaves the spot as the team’s DH wide open for him. He has all of the tools needed to assume that role right away.

If he isn’t the Opening Day guy for the job, it will simply be because of service time manipulation. There are rumors out there, however, that he is working on a contract extension similar to what Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert got. It is always a risk to do that for a player that has never played a single MLB game but some prospects are worth the risk. If they are good in the MLB, they will be on a really team-friendly contract for a long time as well.

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2021 Expectations:

Expect Vaughn to be in the Rookie of the Year conversation. He is that good of a baseball player. There are, of course, plenty of good rookies out there who are going to compete for that title. Vaughn doesn’t need to have that on his mind. If he has as good of a season as we think he can, his numbers will speak for themselves.

The nice thing for Vaughn that most of the other prospects weren’t lucky enough to have is a good team. He is walking into a lineup that expects to win every single day. He is going to be a big part of that winning which is very exciting to think about. They have been very good at drafting over the last few years and Vaughn is right in the middle of it.

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