The first series of the season vs the Detroit Tigers is over and the Chicago White Sox won it 2-1. The last game was a bit of a breeze thanks to some great offense by guys up and down the batting order. One guy who really stood out, however, was Andrew Vaughn.
While Tim Anderson’s return may have lit a fire under them on Sunday, Vaughn’s offense helped them all weekend long as they needed him with some of the injuries. He hit two home runs and helped drive in a few other runs in order to help his team win two out of three.
If this series says anything about Vaughn, it’s that he has finally arrived as a professional baseball player. We saw flashes of great play from him last year and knew it was only a matter of time before he developed into a strong starter.
That time appears to have come. For the series, Vaughn had ten at-bats which led to four hits. He drove in six total runs in those three games and had two home runs. His batting average (at this point this doesn’t mean that much) is .400.
Andrew Vaughn is already such an important player for the Chicago White Sox.
Vaughn is going to be in the lineup a lot more often either as the designated hitter, right fielder, or first baseman. His flexibility, as well as his ability to hit the ball, are going to keep him in there on a near daily basis. Manager Tony La Russa should realize what he has in Vaughn and get him in the lineup every day. He will most likely do that.
Look for Vaughn, providing that he can stay healthy which is a big problem for the White Sox right now, to have a big year. If he keeps up this pace, he’s sure to have a strong home run producing season and will have many RBIs to go along with it.
He has to be in the lineup on a regular basis in order for his production to be solid. If La Russa is smart, he will keep Vaughn in the lineup as much as possible day in and day out.