Andrew Vaugh has been a very great rookie for the Chicago White Sox in 2021.
We mentioned how great the lineup is when someone like Cesar Hernandez is batting seventh. Well, you know your lineup is World Series caliber when Andrew Vaughn is in the bottom half at all. On most teams, Andrew Vaughn can bat third or fourth. There is a chance that when he reaches his prime, he will be an Eloy Jimenez, Jose Abreu, or Luis Robert level hitter. He is getting close to that now in his rookie season.
The only reason that he would be batting eight here is the depth on the team and somebody has to bat eighth. It could be seen as a second cleanup guy with guys like Hernandez, Grandal, and Jimenez directly ahead of him. With little to no Minor League ball, this kid has impressed so much. Don’t be surprised if he finishes in the top three for American League Rookie of the Year.
We know Andrew Vaughn is going to hit in the playoffs. The only question is his status as a position player. In Eloy’s absence, he learned to play left field and he is so good at it. However, Jimenez might need to play left field in order to be as effective of a hitter. Andrew Vaughn can hit no matter what so being a DH might be the best option for him in the playoffs.