Andrew Vaughn
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Vaughn in 2019
Chicago White Sox – No. 25
First baseman / Outfielder
Born: (1998-04-03) April 3, 1998 (age 24)
Santa Rosa, California
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 2, 2021, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
(through August 14, 2022)
Batting average.265
Home runs28
Runs batted in106
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Andrew Clayton Vaughn (born April 3, 1998) is an American professional baseball first baseman and outfielder for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2021. Vaughn played college baseball at California, and won the Golden Spikes Award in 2018.

Amateur career

Vaughn attended Maria Carrillo High School in Santa Rosa, California. Playing for the baseball team, he batted .380 with 29 doubles, three triples, one home run, 76 runs batted in (RBIs), 49 walks, and 15 strikeouts in 332 at bats. As a pitcher, he had 17–6 win–loss record with a 2.05 earned run average and 166 strikeouts.[1][2]

Vaughn batting for Cal in 2019
Vaughn batting for Cal in 2019

Vaughn enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley to play college baseball for the California Golden Bears. As a freshman, Vaughn played first base and made ten appearances as a pitcher.[3][4] He hit 12 home runs while batting .349/.414/.555 and won the Pac-12 Conference Freshman of the Year Award.[5] He played collegiate summer baseball in 2017 for the Victoria HarbourCats of the West Coast League.[6]

As a sophomore in 2018, Vaughn hit 23 home runs batting .402/.531/.819. Perfect Game/Rawlings named him their National Player of the Year,[7] and he won the Pac-12 Conference Baseball Player of the Year Award and Golden Spikes Award.[8][9][10] After the 2018 season, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[11] In 2019, his junior year, he hit .374/.539/.704 with 15 home runs and 50 RBIs in 52 games.[12]

Professional career

Considered a top prospect for the 2019 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft,[13] Vaughn was selected by the Chicago White Sox with the third overall pick. Vaughn was selected in the draft along with six other Cal teammates.[14] Vaughn signed with the White Sox for $7.2 million.[15]

The White Sox first assigned Vaughn to the Rookie-level Arizona League White Sox, and promoted him to the Kannapolis Intimidators of the Class A South Atlantic League after hitting .600/.625/.933 with a home run, two doubles, and four RBIs in three Arizona League games.[16] Vaughn was promoted again to the Winston-Salem Dash of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League after batting .253/.388/.410 with two home runs, seven doubles, 11 RBIs, and 14 runs scored in 23 games with Kannapolis.[17] With the Dash he batted .252/.349/.411.[18] After the season, on October 10, he was selected for the United States national baseball team in the 2019 WBSC Premier 12.[19]

The White Sox invited Vaughn to spring training as a non-roster player in 2021. Following an injury to left fielder Eloy Jiménez, the White Sox began to experiment with playing Vaughn in left field.[20] The White Sox added Vaughn to their 40-man roster to include him on their Opening Day roster.[21] Vaughn made his MLB debut on April 2 as the starting left fielder against the Los Angeles Angels.[22] On May 12, Vaughn hit his first major league home run off of J. A. Happ of the Minnesota Twins.[23] Overall in 2021, Vaughn hit .235 in 127 games with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs.

References

  1. ^ "Andrew Vaughn – Baseball – University of California Golden Bears Athletics". Calbears.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  2. ^ "Andrew Vaughn High School Baseball Stats Maria Carrillo (Santa Rosa, CA)". MaxPreps. August 6, 2019. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  3. ^ "Former Maria Carrillo baseball star Andrew Vaughn to train with national collegiate team". The Press Democrat. June 13, 2017. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Simmons, Rusty (April 25, 2018). "Vaughn's big bat is part of sophomore's complete package". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  5. ^ Yen, Ruey (June 29, 2018). "Cal sophomore Andrew Vaughn wins the Golden Spikes Award—Baseball's Heisman". CaliforniaGoldenBlogs.com. SB Nation.
  6. ^ Cleve Dheensaw (June 13, 2017). "Slugging infielder Andrew Vaughn adds power to HarbourCats lineup". Times Colonist. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  7. ^ Knight, Heather (June 13, 2018). "Cal's Andrew Vaughn is Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the Year". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  8. ^ "Maria Carrillo grad Andrew Vaughn a finalist for top college baseball award". The Press Democrat. June 6, 2018. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "Cal's Vaughn wins national award". SFGate. June 14, 2018. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  10. ^ "Andrew Vaughn becomes Cal's first Golden Spikes winner". San Francisco Chronicle. June 29, 2018. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  11. ^ "Andrew Vaughn – Profile". pointstreak.com. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  12. ^ Harrigan, Thomas (June 28, 2019). "White Sox, top pick Vaughn have deal". MLB.com.
  13. ^ McCauley, Janie (March 13, 2019). "Carrillo grad Andrew Vaughn focused on Cal baseball, not MLB". The Press Democrat. Associated Press. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  14. ^ Duber, Vinnie (June 3, 2019). "White Sox choose Andrew Vaughn with No. 3 pick, add power bat to rebuild". NBC Sports Chicago. Retrieved December 25, 2021.
  15. ^ Gonzales, Mark. "White Sox and top draft pick Andrew Vaughn agree to $7.2 million bonus, a franchise record". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  16. ^ Delos Santos, Justice (July 6, 2019). "Cal baseball alumnus Andrew Vaughn earns early minor league promotion". The Daily Californian. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  17. ^ "Mets score 3 in 9th, beat White Sox 4–2 for 6th straight win". The Southern Illinoisan. July 31, 2019. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  18. ^ "Andrew Vaughn College, Amateur & Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  19. ^ "USA Baseball Names Premier12 Roster". USA Baseball. October 10, 2019. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  20. ^ "Vaughn on LF: 'Keep it basic and simple'". MLB.com. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  21. ^ "White Sox's Andrew Vaughn, No. 3 pick in 2019 draft, makes Opening Day roster as left fielder". CBS Sports. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  22. ^ "Vaughn playing left field for Sox in major league debut". NBC Sports. April 2, 2021. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  23. ^ Duber, Vinnie (May 12, 2021). "Sox rookie Andrew Vaughn hits first career home run". NBC Sports. Retrieved December 25, 2021.