The Chicago White Sox are officially into the second half of the season. At 49-33, they lead the American League Central Division. It has been a tremendous first half of the season, despite dealing with some very consequential injuries. In their most recent game, only Jose Abreu and Tim Anderson were in the starting lineup as players that were a part of the original preseason plan. One player that has helped them overcome injuries has been Andrew Vaughn.
Andrew Vaughn is going to be a tremendous Chicago White Sox player for a long time.
When we were in Spring Training, we had no clue what to expect from their number one prospect. The rumor was that they were going to give him a chance to compete for the designated hitter role before Eloy Jimenez was hurt. Once that happened, they started trying him out in left-field. Since that point, he has impressed out there. He starting learning a new position from scratch and proved that he can do it in short order.
Of course, it is hard to hit the ground running in terms of the offensive game but he has been really heating up. When he was drafted third overall, he was touted as the best overall offensive prospect in his draft. He is starting to show people why. He has eight home runs, 22 RBIs, and 34 runs scored so far this season. He also has a .748 OPS which is very nice for a rookie power hitter.
The White Sox have high hopes for Vaughn as he continues to develop as a hitter. They should not trade him under any circumstances. There have been some rumors that attached his name to the Pittsburgh Pirates in an Adam Frazier trade. Frazier would be a great addition but not for Andrew Vaughn.
Nobody is untradable but in terms of realistic trades for the White Sox this summer, Vaughn should not be included. They will regret it down the line if they do. He has a chance to be right there with Eloy Jimenez, Jose Abreu, Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson, and Luis Robert for the best hitters on this team for a long time. Getting rid of him now is not the way.
There are other good players to trade for help if they decide they want another reliever or second baseman. Plenty of teams would take some other prospects but Vaughn should almost never be an option. It would be nice to see them win it all this year but they have a chance to compete for a long time if they are smart. Keeping Andrew Vaughn for it all would be the definition of smart.