7/20/10

STOCK UP: - Cory Vaughn, Joe Bonfe, and Eric Turgeon

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Cory Vaughn:



7-19-10: - It’s not the two hits he got on Monday that got him this stock up… nor is it the fact that one was another home run, which he leads the league in producing. Additionally, it’s not the fact that he now has his batting average up to .291. No, none of that earned him this listing. It was the fact that he had two outfield assists during the game also, throwing out runners at both third and second base. That’s an outfield performance we don’t see very often in the Mets’ minor leagues.


Some old Vaughn stuff:


http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=11141  - Fourth-round pick Cory Vaughn is the son of Greg and has similar tools, but his production has always fallen short of expectations. Fifth-rounder Matt den Dekker didn't sign last year after a tough junior year, but only improved a bit this season. He's a fantastic center fielder, but the bat remains a question mark


6-14-10 from: - http://www.minorleagueball.com/2010/6/13/1516247/new-york-mets-draft-review  - 4) Cory Vaughn, OF, San Diego State University: Son of Greg Vaughn, so he has good bloodlines. Very athletic, fast and skilled on the bases, has considerable power potential, but problems with contact may limit his batting average/OBP against professional pitching. Good upside, but also a lot of risk.


6-19-10: - John Klima of http://www.baseballbeginnings.com/  had this to say about Vaughn: Vaughn has a leaner and more athletic body than his father had when he first came to the major leagues. Cory Vaughn hits from a wide stance and has a short trigger. He has fast hands and keeps the firm front side even when he is fooled. He's going to have the power to play a corner and I think he's going to be athletic enough to steal some bases if he wants to. He's a first-round talent in 2010. His numbers weren't much to look at on the Cape, but I'm not scouting results. You can't hide the power and you can't hide this guy's body and athleticism. If I were looking for a comparison at this stage, Matt Kemp might work


6-30-10: - Vaughn hit his fourth home run of the young Cyclone season Tuesday night and we need to put him on the watch list. Included in the stuff I compiled on him below is my analysis of how I felt about thw Mets picking him. My thoughts were similar to what I originally said a few years ago about Ike Davis, so this should be good news for both the Mets and you fans out there. Sure, there is only 43 at bats, but you have to respect a .651 slugging percentage and a 1.036 OPS.


7-14-10 from: - http://www.espn.com/  - Cory Vaughn, for those looking for signs of hope in his strong performance for Brooklyn, homered off a pitcher throwing 85-87, and walked in another plate appearance where none of the four balls came within a foot of the strike zone. He's just a 21-year-old college player faring well against younger competition.



Joe Bonfe:


7-19-10: - Bonfe continues to play and hit well for the Cyclones this year. On Monday, he went 2-4, whiched raised his yearly batting average to .347 (101-AB, .426-slug, .843-OPS). That currently ranks him 7th in BA in the league. Lately, he’s been playing more DH than 3B, which I hate in the minor leagues.


Old stuff on Bonfe:


Bonfe was drafted in the 21st round of the 2009 draft.


Prior to draft: http://www.sierra.cc.ca.us/Programs/divisions/HealthPERA/baseball/infielders.html  : Joe is in his first season at Sierra College after playing at Creighton University. After deciding to leave Creighton, Joe had an outstanding summer in the Northwoods League where he played for the Eau Claire Express. He had the fourth best batting average in the league, was selected as an All-Star, and received the Rawlings Big Stick Award. He is a versatile player and can play any position but his primary position is third base. In high school Joe played varsity baseball, hockey, and football.



Joe is in his first season at Sierra College after playing at Creighton University. After deciding to leave Creighton, Joe had an outstanding summer in the Northwoods League where he played for the Eau Claire Express. He had the fourth best batting average in the league, was selected as an All-Star, and received the Rawlings Big Stick Award. He is a versatile player and can play any position but his primary position is third base. In high school Joe played varsity baseball, hockey, and football



http://www.sierra.cc.ca.us/Programs/divisions/HealthPERA/baseball/infielders.html  - "Bonfe, an infielder and the Express' biggest power hitter, is a sophomore at Sierra College in California. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder was batting .360 with one double and five RBIs before Wednesday's game."


http://www.leadertelegram.com/blogs/blog.asp?id=509  - "I'm just happy, excited. I'm thinking about going," said Bonfe, who was the 644th overall pick. "It's exciting and my family's really excited. Everyone's excited. It's an exciting time."


http://www.leadertelegram.com/story-ros.asp?id=BK9D6313KCA  - Bonfe played most of the 2009 season for Kingsport and had impressive stats: .327/.426/.462/.888 in 156 at bats. He received a late promotion to Brooklyn to help the out in the playoffs.



Forecast on 1-1-10:: Zach Lutz remains the top third base prospect, followed by Jenry Marte, who has stalled out and will repeat Savannah in 2010. This has created a four person log jam behind him that have all earned a promotion: Bonfe and Richard Lucas in Brooklyn, and Charlie Hinojosa and Adrian Rodriquez on the GCL team. Come spring, I look for Bonfe to reamin in Brooklyn and the more-experienced Lucas to go straight to Lucy.



6-28-10: - Bonfe had three hits in the Cylcones game Sunday, raising his batting average to .333.

Eric Turgeon:

7-19-10: - As we all know, Eric already has had a wonderful season in Savannah for the Sand Gnats (3-2, 1.46, 25-G). Well, he's just as effective for St. Lucie. Last night, he went 2.2-IP and gave up two hits, zero runs, while striking out one. This was his 10th appearance for Lucie and his total stats there are now 2-0, 1.98. Combined for both teams: 35-G, 5-2, 1.60.

Old Eric stuff:

Turgeon was picked in the 25th round of the 2008 draft by the Mets, after pitching three years for the University of Connecticut, as a relief pitcher. His ERA for those three seasons were: 5.20, 5.93, and 6.67, his strike out to innings pitch ratio was low and his base on balls were extremely high.
From www.uconnhuskies.com : - Turgeon, who has also signed with the Mets, was 1-0 for the Huskies this past season as a right-handed pitcher with a 6.67 ERA as the UConn ball club finished the season 27-28 overall and 11-16 in the BIG EAST. He was the winning pitcher in UConn’s 14-6 victory over Penn State back on March 11, 2008.


www.tampabay.com:  - UConn and former Dunedin standout Erik Turgeon was selected in the 25th round (764 overall) by the New York Mets. Turgeon was an all-suncoast selection for four years with the Falcons and was named to the all-state team. He is the older brother of Dunedin freshman second baseman Casey Turgeon, who helped lead the Falcons to their first state title since 1964.


Turgeon managed to get in 18 relief appearances in 2008, seven with Kingsport (1-0, 4.05), and 11 with Brooklyn (1-1, 3.13). That combined for 1-1, 3.13 and 31-Ks in 3.0-IP. He also gave up only 5-BB.


2009 brought appearances again for two teams, Brooklyn (1-0, 3.60, in 14 games), and Savannah (1-1, 3.18 in 10 games). That combined for 2-1, 3.42, 23-K, 26.1-IP, but is base ob balls were raised to 18.


Two-year combined professional stats: 3-2, 3.20, 1.43, in 42 games, 54-K, 23-BB, 49.1-IP.



1-1-10 Forecast: Somebody must of liked something about this kid because his college stats didn’t warrant a draft pick. That being said, he basically has passed the litmus test in the first two years and, anytime a pitcher can come out of school and post a 3.20 ERA over his first two years, it warrants a bump up. I’ve got him starting 2010 again for Savannah, basically because St. Lucie will be flooded with good relief pitchers.



5-24-10: - Eric Turgeon – RP – A – Savannah is full of excellent pitching this year, especially in the pen, and Turgeon looks to be the first to move on to Lucy soon. His stats are impressive: (1-0, 1.11, 0.90, in 16-appearances, 22-K, 3-BB, 24.1-IP). He turned 23 this past March which also shoots him to the head of the promotion class.

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