It took six games but the seal has finally been broken. Andrew Vaughn has recorded his first major league hit. The Chicago White Sox knew it would happen eventually. He has been receiving rave reviews throughout camp and was drafted as the best hitter out of college baseball in 2019. It came much later than Vaughn would have liked after starting his career 0-for-9. Getting the monkey off his back is a huge relief for Vaughn.
Andrew Vaugh is finally on the board in a Chicago White Sox uniform.
After drawing a walk in his first at-bat, the 23-year old dug in against Nick Margevicius in the fourth inning. He fell behind in the count 1-2. Margevivius tried to sneak a low four-seam fastball past Vaughn but he laced a line drive into the alleyway and trotted into second for a double. He would later come around to score. He also reached base with another walk later in the game.
There are always some growing pains when you are a rookie in the major leagues. Vaughn may experience more than most due to the immense pressure the White Sox have put on him. He entered spring training as the favorite to be the designated hitter despite only playing 55 minor league games.
Playing DH is difficult because you need to stay engaged in the game while sitting on the bench in between at-bats. Eloy Jimenez went down so the White Sox needed a left fielder. The White Sox turned to Vaughn to fill the gap even though he has never played left field. Not only is he expected to produce offensively on a contending team, but he is also suppose to play a position that is foreign to him. He has only played first base until now.
There is a reason the White Sox have so much faith in him. He has risen to the challenge throughout his young career. After going undrafted out of high school Vaughn turned into one of the best hitters in college baseball history. He finished his colligate career with a .374/.495/.688 slash line. Vaughn became one of six underclassmen to ever win the Golden Spikes Award and was selected by the White Sox with the third overall pick of the 2019 draft. It is safe to say that Tuesday night’s hit will be the first of many in the career of Andrew Vaughn.