The Chicago White Sox has something special in Andrew Vaughn. He has quickly proved that he is capable of playing a lot of positions on the diamond. He has also proved that his bat is everything that it was hyped up to be. He is still adjusting to Major League pitching which is always expected but he has some serious talent. He is as good of a rookie power hitter as there is in the league.
In the White Sox series with the New York Yankees, he proved that he has the ability to make major adjustments in order to handle big-time pitchers. Aroldis Chapman is one of the best closers in the history of the game and is currently playing like the best active closer we have going right now.
In the first game of the series, Chapman was in trying to preserve the tie ballgame. He got himself into a bit of a jam as the White Sox had men on first and second with no outs. Andrew Vaughn came up to face him for the first time in his career and it was as big of a rally killer as you can find. He grounded to third base and the Yankees turned a triple play! It was a great play by them and you have to tip your cap but the promising inning was over in one swing.
Andrew Vaughn’s ability to make adjustments will really help the Chicago White Sox.
Andrew Vaughn probably didn’t like being the guy who grounded into the triple play. He certainly isn’t the first young player to be a victim of a Chapman outing so nobody is blaming him for it. What came next for him is what White Sox fans can really be excited for.
When Vaughn wants to make an adjustment, he can. He was afforded the opportunity to face Chapman again on Sunday and he had his biggest moment as a White Sox player. He got the barrel on the ball and drove it out of the park. It was also a ball that tied the game for the White Sox after they had been trailing for the entire game.
This is something that separates the good from the great in the MLB. Vaughn has the talent to be an elite hitter for a long time. He is starting to really look comfortable at the plate as well which is really helping them a lot. They didn’t win this game as Tony La Russa made some bad managerial decisions after the big home run but Vaughn gave them a chance. Hopefully, this gives him even more confidence so he can keep mashing.