Andrew Vaughn
22-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Chicago White Sox AAA
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Reading between the lines of what GM Rick Hahn told reporters after the 2020 season, it sounds like Vaughn will be the replacement to Edwin Encarnacion, whose option was declined. They will presumably manipulate his service time by waiting a few weeks to bring him up if a long-term extension isn't reached before the season. This may seem like a fast track for the No. 3 overall pick in 2019, but Vaughn turns 23 in April and was the talk of summer camp, so it sounds like he is close to ready. Plus all-fields power has been a part of the right-handed first baseman's profile dating back to college, but it's his ability to recognize pitches and his excellent overall approach at the plate that makes him special. He goes up to the plate looking to do damage with a swing he describes as "controlled violence". He may not be a .300 hitter, but his OBP and SLG should eventually be among the best marks at the position. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the White Sox in June of 2019 that includes a $7.22 million signing bonus.
Begins competition for DH
1BChicago White Sox  AAA
February 23, 2021
Vaughn took his first batting practice of training camp Monday, Lamond Pope of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Vaughn is the latest White Sox prospect entering spring training with buzz. In 2019 it was Eloy Jimenez and last year Luis Robert was the toast of camp. Both of those players cemented full-time roles in the lineup, and now Vaughn begins his competition for the open designated hitter job. The 2019 third overall draft pick hasn't played above High-A, but decision-makers in the organization feel he's ready to hit MLB pitching.
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
Teams are moving away from the notion that a first baseman needs to be a big left-handed hitter who fields his position well, and this movement culminated in Vaughn (6-foot, R/R) getting selected out of Cal with the No. 2 overall pick. The recent success of players like Rhys Hoskins and Pete Alonso lessened the perceived risk, but moreover, evaluators just love Vaughn's bat that much. He could be a 70-grade hitter with 70-grade power, and in the American League especially, the rest of his profile wouldn't really matter at that point. His raw power was not on full display in his pro debut, but his batted-ball profile was excellent and his 38:30 K:BB in 55 games illustrated his strong handle of strike zone. He is a below-average runner, so his ceiling is capped as a four-category monster. Vaughn is a good bet to be the first player from his draft class to reach the majors, perhaps as early as this summer.
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In mix for Opening Day roster
1BChicago White Sox  AAA
February 17, 2021
General manager Rick Hahn said Wednesday that Vaughn is "very much in the mix" to make the Opening Day roster, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
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Set to join big-league camp
1BChicago White Sox  AAA
February 11, 2021
Vaughn received an invitation to major-league camp Thursday.
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Viable DH option in 2021
1BChicago White Sox  AAA
December 8, 2020
Vaughn is a viable option at designated hitter in 2021, according to general manager Rick Hahn, Scot Gregor of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
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Working out third base
1BChicago White Sox  AAA
July 8, 2020
Vaughn worked out extensively at third base Wednesday, Scott Merkin of reports.
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Included in 60-man roster pool
1BChicago White Sox  AAA
June 29, 2020
The White Sox announced Monday that Vaughn will be included as part of the team's 60-man roster pool.
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