Vaughn, Mercedes not an­swers at third

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN, STAFF RE­PORTER dvan­schouwen@sun­ | @CST_­sox­van

Even with Yoan Mon­cada on the 10-day in­jured list, don’t read too much into An­drew Vaughn and Yer­min Mercedes get­ting looks at third base dur­ing the White Sox’ sum­mer camp.

The best bet to open the sea­son at third if Mon­cada isn’t ready is Danny Men­dick or Ch­es­lor Cuth­bert.

And if Mon­cada isn’t ready when the Sox open the sea­son July 24 against the Twins, it might not be a long wait af­ter that.

‘‘When he gets back, we’ll see where he’s at as far as where his legs are at,’’ bench coach Joe McEwing said. ‘‘Spe­cial tal­ent like that, [it] won’t take too long.’’

In Mon­cada’s ab­sence, Vaughn and Mercedes have been worth a look at the hot cor­ner. Both look to be pro­fi­cient hitters with power, but nei­ther was drafted (Vaughn No. 3 over­all in 2019, Mercedes in the Rule 5 Draft) for de­fense even at his pri­mary po­si­tion (first base for Vaughn and catcher for Mercedes).

Vaughn, who played first base Mon­day, said he only has played some at third ‘‘just mov­ing around the field, help­ing me with my foot­work, get­ting me a lit­tle more ag­ile.’’

Af­ter han­dling one ground ball with­out in­ci­dent, Mercedes made throw­ing er­rors on two oth­ers in the Sox’ in­trasquad game.

The 5-11, 235-pound Mercedes hit .310 with 17 home runs in 53 games last sea­son at Class AAA Char­lotte and in spring train­ing slugged his way to fan-fa­vorite sta­tus. He has made plenty of hard con­tact in the five in­trasquad games, too.

‘‘I love the fans,’’ Mercedes said. ‘‘I know Chicago fans love me; they want me to play here in Chicago. The only thing I want to say is, ‘Just wait.’ ’’

This and that

Right-han­der Lu­cas Gi­olito pitched four in­nings and al­lowed one run. He re­tired the last nine bat­ters he faced and had three strike­outs in that stretch. He threw 27 pitches in the first in­ning, then got on track.

The broad­cast sched­ule is set, and 59 of the Sox’ 60 games will be tele­vised on NBC Sports Chicago. The ‘‘Field of Dreams’’ game Aug. 13 in Iowa will be tele­vised on Fox-32. WGN Ra­dio, which is in the fi­nal year of a three-year deal with the team, will carry all 60 games.

Luis Robert con­tin­ued to look com­fort­able in cen­ter field, rang­ing a good dis­tance to his left to run down a gap­per by in­fielder Nick Madri­gal. At the plate, Robert was 1-for-3 with a sin­gle and a strike­out.

For the first time, the Sox sim­u­lated ex­tra-in­ning sit­u­a­tions with a run­ner on sec­ond to start the in­ning. Other firsts: Um­pires were used, and the score­board was in op­er­a­tion.


First base­man An­drew Vaughn (above) and catcher Yer­min Mercedes (right) have been work­ing out a bit at third base dur­ing Sox camp at Guar­an­teed Rate Field.

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