It is obvious that Andrew Vaughn is a very good hitter. He was drafted third overall and said to be the best hitter of his NCAA draft class. So far, he has shown flashes of brilliance for the Chicago White Sox. He was brilliant at times in 2021 but fell off a little bit towards the end.
He knew after the season that he had to really learn what it takes to grind through 162 games. There are plenty of players on the White Sox that know what it takes that can help him. Having Tony La Russa won’t hurt him in that department as well.
Vaughn was in the lineup in one of the White Sox’s two split-squad games against the Chicago Cubs. He was second in the order and made an impact right away. In the bottom of the first inning his first at-bat he gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead with a solo shot. This was the first home run of the White Sox spring training exhibition season.
Andrew Vaughn is going to be a force for the Chicago White Sox in years to come.
It was off of Chicago Cubs pitching that isn’t going to be Major League stuff in 2022 but it is still nice to see Vaughn get off to a great start. They need him to be a force offensively this year and getting going early in spring training ball should really help him with that.
In 2022, Vaughn is going to be lucky enough to hit with some of the best talents in the league. Luis Robert, Yasmani Grandal, Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez, Tim Anderson, and Jose Abreu make up the “big six” in the lineup so Vaughn reaching his potential could get him right there in the mix.
To start the year, he may be the designated hitter. It will all depend on who the team gets to play right field via free agency or trade. If they get nobody, he might be the guy there. He may be paired with Gavin Sheets in a platoon role at both of those positions depending on the opposing pitcher.
It is a nice idea for now but Vaughn has the potential to be an elite hitter. He may be a guy that you just can’t take out of the order by the time the All-Star Game rolls around. If that is the case, the White Sox will be even better than we thought. This first spring game was a fantastic start for Vaughn as he begins year two.