With the third pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, the Chicago White Sox select Andrew Vaughn, a powerful right-handed hitting first baseman from the University of California. This fits with what the White Sox have been known to do in the draft, which is taking advanced college talent over young high schoolers with unclear potential. This has particularly been the case for college hitters, doing so with Zack Collins, Jake Burger, and Nick Madrigal in recent years.
Here is a look at Vaughn’s college stats through his three seasons at Cal:
As you can see, these are very impressive numbers. He has racked up quite a few accolades to go with these numbers as well, earning the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Award in 2017 and the Pac-12 Player of the Year, Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the Year, and the Golden Spikes Award in 2018.
According to many scouts, he is considered the most advanced bat in the draft. With Vaughn’s skills at the plate, he figures to make his way through the ranks of the organization very quickly. This fits with what the White Sox need, as the contention window should be beginning to open next year (if it hasn’t already begun to crack open). Having as much talent as possible for these runs is crucial, and Vaughn seems primed to contribute.
The one negative to this move is that players with the primary position of first base typically do not get drafted this high. No other such player has been taken in the top five since Eric Hosmer in 2008. However, Vaughn has the hitting tools to become a force in this lineup sooner rather than later, so White Sox fans should be very excited.
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