Bob Nightengale of USA Today wrote a piece focused on Chicago White Sox prospect Andrew Vaughn. Currently, Vaughn is the Chicago White Sox number one prospect according to MLB.com. Vaughn, who has never played above High-A Winston-Salem, is slated to be the White Sox Opening Day Designated Hitter.
Thus far in Spring Training, Vaughn’s slash line is a respectable .289/.396/.489. Vaughn is also sitting at an .885 OPS. In 53 plate appearances, Vaughn has walked seven times, has collected 13 hits, hit two home-runs, and has five RBI’s.
When the White Sox took Vaughn third overall in the 2019 MLB Draft, he was considered the most advanced bat in the draft. In 2020 due to COVID-19, he was robbed of any minor league playing time and spent his time on the “Taxi-Squad” at the White Sox alternate site in Schaumburg, Illinois.
According to Nightengale’s article extension talks have cooled off between the two sides, though it seemingly will not affect Vaughn being on the Opening Day roster. Current President of Baseball Operations Kenny Williams had this to say when asked when, and if, the White Sox would let Vaughn know if he made the Opening Day roster.
“We’d like to have that message coming from the manager, and not me through USA TODAY.”– President of Baseball Operations Kenny Williams
Current White Sox skipper Tony La Russa had this to say about Vaughn when asked about his abilities in the batters box:
“They all raved him about him, and now I’m raving about him. I know he’s never played higher than whatever it is (High Class A Winston-Salem), but boy he takes great at-bats, makes great adjustments. He’s got all of the qualities.”– White Sox Manager Tony La Russa
When asked by Nightengale if he’s a lock for the Opening Day roster, La Russa replied, “He hasn’t made the club yet, but he’s making a very good impression.”
The White Sox are known for getting extensions done before they run into service time issues. The proof is in the pudding, with players such as Luis Robert, Eloy Jimenez, Tim Anderson, and Yoan Moncada as examples. Though the extension talks have reportedly died down, something must be in the works behind the scenes that the White Sox don’t want the public to know yet.
The vibe Nightengale’s article gives makes the reader assume Andrew Vaughn will be the Opening Day DH, even if the White Sox are being coy about it. The White Sox front office said they will put the best players on the field, or in the batter’s box, in order to be competitive this season. That should still hold true if a deal isn’t done with their top prospect.
It appears that the White Sox are all in.
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