3 unsung White Sox heroes from the first half of the season

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - MAY 16: Johnny Cueto #47 of the Chicago White Sox pitches during the 1st inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on May 16, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - MAY 16: Johnny Cueto #47 of the Chicago White Sox pitches during the 1st inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on May 16, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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Chicago White Sox, Andrew Vaughn
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Chicago White Sox. Andrew Vaughn. 25. player. 128. . 1B/OF

Andrew Vaugh has been incredible for the Chicago White Sox during this season.

The Chicago White Sox selected Andrew Vaughn with the third overall pick in thee 2019 MLB Draft. Since then, he has had a very untraditional arrival in Major League Baseball thanks to the events that took place in 2020.

He didn’t have a traditional Minor League season to work on his craft before making it to the big leagues. Instead, he made his MLB debut in 2021 and was one of the better rookies in the American League.

Here we are in 2022 and he is one of the best hitters on the Chicago White Sox in general. We know the “big six” on the team which includes Jose Abreu, Luis Robert, Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez, and Luis Robert but some of those guys are often injured or don’t perform well for long stretches.

Andrew Vaughn has come in and made it more of a “big seven” in terms of offense as he has been better than most of the hitters on this team. He deserves a lot of credit for coming in this year and being so good.

You might have expected some good hitting this year but a slash line of .301/.350/.470 for an OPS of .819 is probably even better than anyone would have thought. He has 10 home runs and 48 RBIs at the halfway mark as well which are pretty nice. Hopefully, Tony La Russa uses him a lot more in the second half because he is one of the best players on the team.

All of these guys have been amazing and deserve so much credit. Nobody would have thought that Andrew Vaughn, Reynaldo Lopez, and Johnny Cueto would be catalysts at keeping this team afloat in the first half but here we are.

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