Andrew Vaughn, hmm. A classic case of team ready to win, having the parts to do it, but are they thinking long-term to save money? Like Altuve trying to get cereal, going with the latter always wins. Never trust teams to promote prospects. It’s good self-care to expect teams to be absolutely monolithic creatures of saving money and not caring for fans’ wants and/or needs. Imagine a giant glove compartment filled with all the Bed, Bath and Beyond 20% off coupons in the entire world, that’s every major league team, except the Dodgers and Yankees, and maybe now the Mets. By the by, how do the Dodgers and Yanks compete every year? Hmm, let’s see, could it be they spend money? Really? I nailed it on my first guess? Damn, just lucky I guess. The Pirates’ team owner is worth $1.1 billion. He could sign Trevor Bauer, George Springer, and Liam Hendricks to one-year $25 million contracts, and still have one billion left over accruing enough interest to pay for those contracts. But, ya know, poor franchises! Any hoo! Andrew Vaughn’s ETA is what this entire post is going to come down to, but, well…So, what can we expect from Andrew Vaughn for 2021 fantasy baseball?

Andrew Vaughn is the most polished prospect I’ve seen since A.J. Pollock *intern whispers in ear* Pollock and polished aren’t the same? Hmm… Okay, hearing now Vaughn is polished, but that’s not what I thought it was. Vaughn spits on pitches at a 14% rate in the low minors, which is where he spent 2019. In 2019, he was tagged to start 2020 in Double-A, then up to Triple-A by the end of the minor league season. Then 2020 actually happened, and it’s really fouled up my expected prospect promotions. Vaughn has to go to Double-A for the month of April, then up to Triple-A by May, then maybe promoted by June, right? I don’t know. He was a Golden Spikes winner his sophomore year in college, and looks selective like a ten-year vet. He could be Jose Abreu with walks. But Jose Abreu exists and I’m back to the little problem of an ETA and playing time. Edwin is assumed gone, but what if he’s not? But have I mentioned the Golden Spikes? Vaughn’s sophomore year: 23/4, .402/.531/.819, which is hilarious, and hints at his possibility.

He’s a .300 hitter with power, and every lovey-dovey first baseman-DH hybrid. I watched opposite-field bombs, pulled missiles, jacked jacks. There was nothing not impressive, and I’m sure it will translate to the major leagues, at some point, but he’s at least two months away, and I’m not entirely sure this abhorrent year that was 2020 pushes his timetable back another month or two. Is there a scenario where he impresses in Spring Training, and the White Sox decide to split 1B/DH with him and Jose Abreu out of camp? Absolutely. But that feels like pie-in-the-sky hopes and dreams, and I’m all out of those. For 2021, I’ll give Andrew Vaughn projections of 39/14/48/.277 in 334 ABs, and a mid-to-late June call-up. Obviously, there’s a chance here for more, and an earlier or later call-up.

 
  1. Member Berries says:
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    Vaughn or Torkelson?

    Fantasy wise, prospects will be biggest gambles, what better time to start a dynasty league? Add the crazy mlb rankings, should be a wild 2021 draft.

    I was fortunate to catch games 3-6 of the world series and come back testing negative. Game 4 was outta control. It would have been nice to see Kershaw get that WS MVP but I’m glad he got his ring.

    RIP Maradona. I know you’re not a soccer guy but that man was as dominant as Jordan, partied like Rodman, ran with the Italian mafia, and single handedly won the world cup in the most dramatic fashion. You should YouTube the fouls he endured – some videos ask for your consent due to the graphic stuff.

    Did you catch Hillbilly Elegy? Really enjoyed that. Also liked The Queens Gambit. Also got caught up on Atypical.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, cougs, ted and the razzball team. You make fantasy baseball fun and worthwhile.

    • Grey

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      For 2021? Thinking Vaughn, but could be wrong — you went to the games? That’s awesome! Are you down in Texas or did you travel there? Seems like it would’ve been a great time to go to a game, at 25% capacity — read some pieces on Maradona and watched a doc, seemed pretty incredible, shame…. Haven’t watched Elegey, watched Gambit, which I liked, and now rewatching Deadwood, bc Cougs hadn’t seen it

      Happy Thanksgiving, appreciate you!

      • Member Berries says:
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        I’m in Los Angeles – so flew out. Ate some quality BBQ and enjoyed some baseball.

        Vaughn vs Torkelson – next 10 years.

        Maradona recently said he was 57 going on 80. He went hard and shined bright. Surviving 2020 is no joke!

        Love Deadwood. The recent episode/movie was random but better than nothing (?) Maybe..

        Make sure Ted gets the turkey leg!

  2. Harley Earl says:
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    Grey,

    Good call here. I think you’re right on the money.

    They’re going to let him get his feet wet in the minors, then give him a buzz once that Super Tuesday or whatever it is that occurs in June — you know, that day that allows them to save money and keep him on the team for another year. It worked with Kris Bryant — so you know the Southsiders noticed and will follow. I think they give him the call in late June, maybe even the first week of July.

    Still, he’ll be worth it for the second half and the playoff run. He’s a hitter through and through.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed…Happy Thanksgiving!

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Appreciate it!

  3. florida jack says:
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    happy thanksgiving

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you and your son are doing well!

      • florida jack says:
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        doing well here, plenty of sun here, but no son?

        • PINKMAN says:
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          i think he means the horse

          • florida jack says:
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            thanks PINKMAN, could be, did not think of that

  4. TC says:
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    Happy Turkey Day!

    Would you trade Lindor for Bichette and Vaughn in a 10 team, keep 15 standard roto?

    • TC says:
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      Vaughn would take the spot from a guy like Muncy or Wil Smith the catcher.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Keeping a catcher’s kinda meh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Thanksgiving!

      I’d take Bichette/Vaughn

  5. Smitty says:
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    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Thanksgiving! Be well!

  6. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Only the best fantasy writer on earth on the best fantasy baseball site in the world would give us content on turkey day. We are truly blessed to have you!

    Quick Q. Trade a garbage pick for Luke Weaver, I think this might be his year. No I’m not drinking lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Thanksgiving! Appreciate you!

      Garbage pick seems inconsequential, so why not

  7. Squat Cobblers says:
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    Happy Thanksgiving Grey!! We Appreciate you!! (and also NFBC which gave me first pick in our upcoming draft! Go Cobblers!!)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn you! I mean, Happy Thanksgiving!

      • Squat Cobblers says:
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        Best to you, Cougs and the furry friend

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Appreciate you!

  8. hot corner says:
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    Happy Thanksgiving. See you Monday in the draft room. I have pick 11. If I can’t be in the top 4 this year, then I want to be near the back to get two top 20 players.

    I think the White Sox sign an OF and move Mazara to one-half of a DH platoon and patch the other side of the platoon together until Vaughn is ready.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Thanksgiving! It really is all about the top 4, which is why I was super happy to get the 5th pick — sad trombone — Could be on Mazara, makes sense

      • hot corner says:
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        After being a big Mazara supporter for years, he is officially dead to me. Which really means that at pick 500, I will be eyeballing Mazara and Tyler O’Neill. I will take Mazara and watch O’Neill hit 35 hr’s. Happens every year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, without fail! Same here…I hate Mazara with a passion

      • Dave D says:
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        Congrats on getting #5. Thats a great spot! I got the crap end at #14. It’s not a year when I feel good about it. Maybe you’ll get Trea. Perhaps Lindor will fall to me. I cant expect Story. Maybe you’ll be lucky, HC and get him #11. Ugh.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I really wanted a top 4 spot…not loving 5, unless someone takes a pitcher…though, I really didn’t want 14 or 15, so yeah…

          • Dave D says:
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            Honestly Id jump on Story at #5 if Trea was gone. I wouldn’t hesitate to thumb my nose at ADPs. Ill probably disrupt the ADP expectations at the back end. Might as well get the players you actually want.

            • Grey

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              Oh for sure, I just don’t know if I want Story at 5…top 4 is obvious, 5 requires actual thought

              • hot corner says:
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                The number 4 pick is the best this year. You get one of Betts, Acura, Tatis or Trout but you don’t have to do any thinking. Put all 4 in your queue and set it to auto-draft.

                • Grey

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                  Yeah, 4 is clearly the top pick this year

          • Dave D says:
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            You’ll have Soto or Trout available, maybe Trea. I personally would live Soto at #5.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I guess I’m kinda fine with any of them, and being over dramatic…I really wanted 4 tho! Haha

  9. Pat says:
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    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Did Donkey’s league fill up? Link seems like it was generic draft champions league I was signing up for.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it filled up…We’ll do more NFBC leagues after these

  10. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Dom Smith for Soroka?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think you can do better

  11. FrankGrimes says:
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    Fargo kinda growing on me despite Rock and them ruining Genny.
    Hope all is good brother.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Thanksgiving, Grimey! I don’t like this season of Fargo at all, sadly

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        The casting is horrible. I like a few of the story lines tho.
        Did you watch the third day?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, was it any good?

          I love Chris Rock, but he can’t act, the cop and the nurse are painful, Genny was a cartoon character, yeah, have so many problems

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            Yes it was good.
            What should I watch next?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Have you watched Spiral? I’m rewatching Deadwood with Cougs rn but you’ve prolly seen

  12. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Robbie Ray and Jake Odorizzi for Austin Riley. I would be trading for Riley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

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