Bob Nightengale of USA Today wrote an article about Chicago White Sox aspirant Andrew Vaughn. Vaughn is currently the No. 1 prospect for the Chicago White Sox, according to MLB.com. Vaughn, who never played higher than High-A Winston-Salem, is expected to be the White Sox’ designated hitter on opening day.

So far in spring training, Vaughn is hitting a respectable .289/.396/.489. Vaughn’s OPS is also .885. In 53 appearances, Vaughn walked seven, hit 13 home runs, knocked in two home runs and had five RBI.

When the White Sox took him third overall in the 2019 MLB Draft, he was considered the most advanced bat in the draft. In 2020, because of COWID-19, he was denied any minor league playing time and spent time on the taxi team of the White Sox’ away base in Schaumburg, Illinois.

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According to Nightengale, talks of an extension have cooled between the two sides, but that doesn’t seem to affect Vaughn’s presence on the opening day roster. Current baseball president Kenny Williams had to answer when and if the White Sox would let Vaughn know if he would be on the Opening Day roster.

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Current White Sox captain Tony La Russa had this to say about Vaughn when asked about his batting order skills:

They were all praising him, and now I was praising him. I know he has never played higher than anyone else (High Class A Winston-Salem), but taking big innings makes for big adjustments. He has all the qualities.

– White Sox manager Tony La Russa.

Asked by Nightengale if he was well on track for the opening day, La Russa said: He’s not at the club yet, but he’s making a very good impression.

The White Sox’s top prospect, Andrew Vaughn, has impressed this spring. He urges the administration to put him on the list for the first day.
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The White Sox are known for making additions before they get into service time trouble. The proof is in the pudding with players like Luis Robert, Eloy Jimenez, Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada. Even though negotiations for the extension have apparently stalled, there must be something going on behind the scenes that the White Sox don’t want the public to know about.

The article, written by Nightengale, leads readers to believe that Andrew Vaughn will be the first baseman on opening day, even though the White Sox are not happy about it. The White Sox front office said it would put its best players on the field, or in baseball, to be competitive this season. That will still be the case even if the deal with their top prospect doesn’t go through.

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