White Sox pleased with Andrew Vaughn’s defense in left field

Sox delighted with Andrew Vaughn’s defense in left field initially appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The very first arise from the Andrew Vaughn left field experiment remain in, and the White Sox are delighted.

The White Sox, searching for a replacement for the hurt Eloy Jiménez, made the unexpected choice to consist of Vaughn, the leading ranked possibility in the company who was ticketed for the daily DH job, in the mix of gamers Tony La Russa would release in left field. That Vaughn never ever played the position prior to, a minimum of not because a Group U.S.A. competition as a teen, didn’t appear to matter. They thought he might manage it.

5 video games into the season, Vaughn has actually invested 3 video games in left field, getting his 4th start there in the White Sox 6th video game of the year Tuesday night in Seattle.

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And he’s done the job. While he hasn’t required to make any amazing plays — and to avoid catastrophe, he most likely will not attempt — he has actually made the plays he’s required to. As prepared, he’s accepted Gold Glove center fielder Luis Robert on celebration, however he’s likewise dealt with the couple of fly balls that have actually come his method.

Never ever was he asked to do more, from a play-making perspective, than in the 5th inning of Monday night’s White Sox win in Seattle.

With one out and a runner on very first, Vaughn backtracked to the left-field wall and made an extending catch on a deep fly ball, quickly his most outstanding play to date, that made emphatic applause from beginning pitcher Carlos Rodón, who may have seen additional bases and an end to his nothing quote without the grab. Humorously, Vaughn then fired a toss back towards very first base in an effort to catch the base runner, an unexpected heave that captured Rodón off guard and produced this fantastic response.

On the extremely next play, Vaughn was checked once again, and he passed once again, making a running grab on a ball hit in between him and Robert in the left-center field space.

All in all, his efficiency got rave evaluations.

“It’s a testament to his hard work,” La Russa stated after Monday’s video game. “There’s an old saying … you can become at least an average defensive player if you’re willing to work. … We made Skip Schumaker a second baseman (with the St. Louis Cardinals) in 2011 — he was an outfielder — because he was willing to work. And that’s what Andrew is.

“It’s taken a bit, however since Eloy got harmed, (Vaughn has) devoted himself to it. … And knock on wood, however today, the method he’s playing, he’s improving than typical dives. That’s not a typical left fielder out there. So a testimony to his work principles.”

The White Sox might not have designs on Vaughn being the everyday left fielder for the remainder of Jiménez’s absence. Things are stretched thin at this specific moment, with Adam Engel on the injured list and Leury García filling in at shortstop while Tim Anderson sits during this series.

Vaughn sure seemed to have earned an everyday shot, offensively, with what he did during the spring. Three games into his big league career, he’s still looking for his first hit, though he did drive in his first run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded Monday.

Still, La Russa has a lot to choose from, and that pool will only get bigger once Engel and Anderson return to full strength.

But Vaughn has impressed everyone defensively. His accepting of the challenge was unsurprising. His steady performance to this point has answered questions about whether or not he could handle such a seemingly monumental task while dipping his toes into big league waters for the first time.

“He made a couple excellent plays last night,” White Sox right fielder Adam Eaton said Tuesday. “I believe, simply in a number of days that he’s been out there, he’s made some actually excellent modifications. The speed of runners, the speed of the video game, he’s done an actually excellent job. He’s made some actually excellent, visible modifications.

“He’s a student of the game. I really enjoy the way he goes about his business. He’s going to pick up on it as quickly as anybody can and try to apply it in games. I think the guys have a lot of confidence out there that he’s, first of all, going to give it 110 percent and he’s going to use the lessons he’s learned to better himself.”

It’s clearly still extremely early in the season. However if Vaughn continues to reveal he can deal with left field, and if the offense occurs how it’s anticipated to, it’s simple to see La Russa leaning on the novice. Similar To Yermín Mercedes has actually assisted the White Sox get the slack with Jiménez gone, so too might Vaughn.

“The other thing that’s really important, he’s such a proud hitter,” La Russa stated. “The really, really outstanding players, they separate their offense and defense. And he had a strikeout I know upset him, he goes out there and makes a play (in the outfield). He’s got great insights. He’s got a great head for this game.”

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.