Player: Andrew Vaughn
Height: 6’0 Weight: 215 Age: 22 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: A+ Winston-Salem
MLB.com Rank: 2nd in White Sox System (16th in MLB)
Drafted: 2019 (Round 1, 3rd overall by White Sox)
Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA
The White Sox drafted Andrew Vaughn with the 3rd overall pick in 2019 and signed him for $7,221,200. Vaughn won the Golden Spikes award in 2018 as a sophomore at California when he hit .402 with 23 homers and 63 RBI. He followed that up by hitting .374 with 15 homers and 50 RBI in his junior season before being selected by the White Sox. He was also pitched around constantly in that 2019 season at Cal (he had 60 walks in 2019, 44 in 2018). Quite obviously, the dude can hit and he can hit for power.
He hit .252 with five homers and 32 RBI between Single-A Kannapolis and High-A Winston-Salem during his pro-debut in 2019. He was in the White Sox Summer Camp in 2020 and is a part of the 60-man (not on the 40-man) that are practicing at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg.
Scouts rave about Vaughn’s hitting ability. He has a great approach, bat speed and strength. He has the ability to hit to all fields and do it with power. He is not all that athletic and he is not a plus defender or baserunner, but as a first-baseman/designated hitter, his bat will bring tremendous value to the White Sox lineup.
Vaughn will be in Chicago soon enough. He can flat out hit, but he won’t chase and get himself out either, so there’s little concern that he won’t be able to translate into a successful major league hitter. I’m pumped about this future addition to a young and powerful White Sox lineup. With Jose Abreu aging and Edwin Encarnacion on a one-year deal, there will be room for Vaughn in the future at 1st-Base/DH.
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