When considering baseball’s draft process, rookies must be factored in. A player who is guaranteed playing time is more likely to play than one who is not. This was the case for Andrew Vaughn, a high draft pick, and the White Sox. However, he struggled to get a full-time DH role, a position where he would have seen a lot of success.
Dosunmu is playing with DeRozan and Vucevic
While traditional metrics don’t make Dosunmu stand out against his peers, he’s an efficient shooter. His effective field goal percentage (59.6) ranks in the 96th percentile in the NBA. He also shoots a surprisingly high 40 percent from three-point territory. Despite being a rookie, Dosunmu is already making an impact on the court.
Dosunmu has become a second-side driving weapon since joining the Bulls as a 2021 second-round pick. His rim frequency is down from last year, but his ability to attack off the catch has boosted his overall production.
Although Dosunmu was not featured on the All-Rookie Team last year, he has shown a positive trend this season. He’s been a valuable cog in the rotation since White’s injury. It would be a mistake to limit his minutes or play him in the bench.
Last season, the Bulls started with a lineup that was hardly significant. Zach LaVine was rested for a game, while DeMar DeRozan and Giannis Antetokounmpo were both given rest days. Nikola Vucevic and Ayo Dosunmu have been a constant in Donovan’s starting lineup, with Ayo Dosunmu providing an excellent point guard option. Dosunmu scored 11 points in a game against the Spurs, and pulled down four rebounds.
While the Bulls starting five is strong and has the potential to challenge the top teams in both conferences, injuries could strike key players in the lineup. In addition to DeRozan and Vucevic, Dosunmu has already made his presence felt in the backcourt. He has solid defense and active hands, and he can guard multiple positions. He can also be a reliable presence in the passing lanes.
Andrew Vaughn struggled to get full-time DH role for the White Sox
Although he’s been a valuable contributor for the past several years, Vaughn hasn’t found a full-time DH role in the majors. He has a solid glove and can play any position, so he’ll be in the lineup more often. But he must stay prepared for anything he may face.
The White Sox have made an effort to make Vaughn more valuable in the outfield. The infielder has played left field primarily, but he also has the ability to play the DH position. On Thursday, he filled in for Eloy Jimenez in left field. In spite of strong winds, Vaughn made a great catch.
The White Sox already had a first baseman in Jose Abreu. The organization held high regard for him, and they wanted to protect the position. Abreu would become a free agent at the end of the year. So, the White Sox took a chance on Vaughn as an insurance policy and a negotiating tactic.
Despite Vaughn’s inexperience, he has made some strides in the last two seasons. In 2021, he played 127 games for the White Sox, posting an OPS+ of 91. The young slugger will likely platoon with the young lefty Gavin Sheets in the White Sox lineup.
Andrew Vaughn is a rookie
Andrew Vaughn is a rookie who was drafted third overall in the 2019 MLB Draft. He’s not the most highly touted player in the draft, but he’s put up solid numbers so far. In July, he was a strong candidate for American League Rookie of the Month. He posted an OPS+ of 91 that month. In spring training, he was primarily a designated hitter, but when Eloy Jimenez went down, he moved to left field.
Vaughn is a natural hitter. He’s disciplined and doesn’t chase pitches, so his power is naturally there. He’s also a big-game hitter, and he gets great bat speed through the zone while using his entire body to torque the ball. He’s also very strong and can put the ball over the plate from all fields.
While his defense isn’t an important factor for Fantasy purposes, Vaughn is a solid defender at first base. His only position other than first base has been pitcher in college. He played third base in the 2020 season, and he’s also been used at right field. He’s expected to play first base in the big leagues, but he could also play DH and other positions.
In college, Vaughn walked more often than he struck out. While this trend has diminished a bit in the minors, his walk rate is still above average. In 109 plate appearances against right-handed pitchers, he has walked just seven times. Since his college freshman year, Vaughn has consistently had a double-digit walk rate.