2022 Player Outlook
It was a bit of a rollercoaster ride for Vaughn during his rookie campaign as expectations were high coming out of camp, but some early-season struggles, particularly against right-handed pitching, had manager Tony LaRussa favoring a platoon until the team's injuries piled up to the point where he had no choice but to leave the young slugger in the lineup every day. Vaughn began to find his power stroke and enjoyed a tremendous July in which he slashed .308/.347/.516, but he struggled with his consistency after that and began to see the bench a little more as the team got healthier. He is expected to have a starting role this season, but he will have to make the necessary adjustments to same-handed pitching if he wants to avoid another season of platooning. Last season's struggles will help keep his draft cost down, but there is still some risk to relying on him in your shallower mixed leagues.