The Keepers - #22 - OF - Cory Vaughn

#22 - Cory Vaughn:

Vaughn was drafted by the Mets in the 4th round of the 2010 draft.

6-10 from: - http://www.thedailyaztec.com/blog-1.107/livefootballblog?page155=BlogPosting&article155=19.1373634#5  - Cory Vaughn has taken the first big step toward his dream. The San Diego State junior outfielder signed with the New York Mets after they selected him in the fourth round of the MLB Draft, 122 overall. When asked if he had any hesitation in signing so quickly, Vaughn laughed. “Nope, not at all,” he said. “Without a doubt, (I’m) gone.” Vaughn told The Daily Aztec last month he would leave SDSU if he was drafted and said finding out his future team was a surprising and exciting experience. “I can’t ask for much better,” he said, still energized a day after hearing the big news. “There are a lot of people that don’t get the opportunity to get picked up – I’m fortunate to get drafted by any team.”

My draft analysis on Vaughn: Well, it didn’t take long for the Mets to pull one out of their arse. I have basically nothing on Vaughn, other than a couple of 200+ round picks on some early mocks. It is very hard to find anything positive about this guy, other than the fact that his father was named Greg. He seems to swing at anything that’s thrown his way and has been one of the divisional strikeout leaders, both in school and the Cape Cod League. Had 55-K in 180-AB and 180-K in 592-AB career wise. Multiple scouting services have reported that his hitting mechanics are horrible. Projection: Boy, who the heck knows. Personally, I’m pissed that left on the board were RHP Sam Dyson and LHP James Paxton, and, if you wanted a toosy outfielder, what about Cody Hawn or Austin Wilson? Look, I have no problem drafting someone that shows potential, but save these kind of picks until the 15th round. There is no way of projecting any kind of ETA on this kid. Everything I have read said he is not a potential major leaguer. ETA: never Draft Grade: F

2-8 from http://www.pnrscouting.com/  : - mock drafted 213th

From website: Power-hitting outfielder who will be the Aztecs' starter in right to open the 2009 season ... Played during summer 2008 for the La Crosse Loggers of the Northwoods League ... Over 68 games, batted .251 with 14 doubles, two triples, eight home runs, 35 runs scored and 41 runs batted in ... Named MVP of the league all-star game after going 2-for-3 with a run scored and RBI ... Was named the top prospect in the Northwoods League by Baseball America ... Selected in the 43rd round of the 2007 Major League draft by the Phillies ... Son of former major league outfielder Greg Vaughn.

2008: Freshman outfielder who started the season as the starter in right field and was the team's primary designated hitter over the second half of the 2008 campaign ... In his three games against fifth-ranked San Diego to start the year, went 6-for-11 with a double, triple, home run, five runs scored and four RBI ... Extended that start to a five-game hitting streak, his longest of the season ... Hit safely in 10 of the first 12 games in which he appeared to start the 2008 season ... Had a pair of season-best three-hit contests: vs. Cal Poly on Feb. 28, vs. BYU on March 13 and at BYU on May 10 ... Hit home runs in back-to-back games against Harvard (March 26) and Houston (March 28) ... Had a four-game hitting streak (May 2-10) during which he went 7-for-13 with three doubles, home run, five runs scored and two RBI ... Finished the season with 12 multiple-hit games and nine multiple-RBI contests.

High School: Won a pair of varsity baseball letters at Jesuit High School in Carmichael, Calif. ... Coached there by Joe Potulny ... As a senior, batted .330 with six home runs, 37 runs batted in and 18 stolen bases ... During his junior year, hit .250 with three doubles, two triples, a home run, 16 runs scored, 18 runs batted in and six stolen bases ... Played football for the Marauders during his final two years ... Chosen MVP of the freshman basketball team.

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.

7-16-10 from: - http://www.mlbbonusbaby.com/2010/7/16/1571838/4-122-new-york-mets-cory-vaughn-of  Cory Vaughn is a high-ceiling collegiate outfielder from San Diego State University. Vaughn originally came to San Diego State from Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California, the same school that produced fellow Draft Notebook prospect Justin Parker, as well as Lars Anderson and J.P. Howell. Vaughn was a year behind Anderson, and he was every bit as eye-opening when Anderson was drafted in 2006 due to big tools and his bloodlines, as he’s the son of long-time Major League slugger Greg Vaughn. However, by the time the 2007 draft rolled around, scouts weren’t big fans of Vaughn’s rawness and signability, so he fell to the Phillies in the forty-third round of the 2007 draft. He didn’t sign and headed for San Diego State, where he just finished his third year of starting in the outfield. At the plate, he’s a fringe-average hitter due to huge swing-and-miss liabilities, though his plus raw power makes up for it. He’s also a plus runner underway, and that gives him a high ceiling for a college bat. In the field, he profiles well for right field, where he has an above-average arm and solid-average range, as he isn’t the best at reading the ball off the bat. With such good tools and bloodlines, the only thing really holding him back is that he can’t hit a breaking ball, and that’s always going to hold him back. He’s expected to go somewhere in the sixth to tenth round range, where he’s expected to sign for average money.

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.

7-23 from: - http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/prospect-hot-sheet/2010/2610396.html  - Team: short-season Brooklyn (New York-Penn) - Age: 21 - Why He's Here: .517/.545/1.270 (15-for-29), 1 HR, 3 2B, 8 RBIs, 4 R, 3 BB, 5 SO, 4-for-5 SB - The Scoop: The son of former big league slugger Greg Vaughn—he of 355 career home runs—Cory has launched his pro career in style after quickly signing as the Mets' fourth-round pick. (At San Diego State, he was teammates with some Strasburg guy.) Vaughn is batting .326/.403/.620 through 129 at-bats, with a New York-Penn-leading nine home runs and 32 RBIs. And if he connects for seven more longballs this season, then Cory will match his father's output during his pro debut. A 21-year-old Greg Vaughn hit 16 home runs in 1986 for Helena of the Rookie-level Pioneer League.

7-23-10 – Q&A from Hot Sheet: - Is Cory Vaughn better than most people thought heading into the draft, or is this just a hot streak that he doesn't have the tools to maintain? - Matthew Eddy: This is exactly the question I've been trying to answer, so I turned to college baseball guru Aaron Fitt for more. His response: "Vaughn has always had big tools — look at our writeup of him when he ranked as the top prospect in the Northwoods League after his freshman year. And he's had hot streaks like this in his college career, but sustaining has always been the issue. As pitchers adjust to him, can he make adjustments? He did not show a whole lot of ability to do so in college."

7-31-10: - Vaughn continues to lead the league in home runs, hitting his 10th last night. Seasonal stats are now: .310/.401/.581/.982, with an impressive 21-BB. Vuaghn continues to quiet critics, including myself, and seems a lock on the Sterling Award winner this season for the Clones.

8-7 from: - http://www.brooklyncyclones.com/news/topstories/index.html?article_id=929  - Vaughn leads the league in home runs (12) and RBI (43) and is on pace to shatter Brooklyn's single-season franchise highs in those categories (13 and 46, respectively). Vaughn also leads the league in slugging percentage (.574), ranks second in total bases (101), and third in runs scored (35). Vaughn is batting .313 (56-for-179) with seven doubles, three triples, and nine stolen bases. Cory -- a 21-year-old native of Elk Grove, CA is the son of former major league slugger Greg Vaughn, and was selected by the Mets in the 4th round of the 2010 June First-Year Player Draft, out of San Diego State University (CA), where he played for head coach, and Hall of Famer, Tony Gwynn.

9-8-10: - http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100907&content_id=14400174&vkey=news_nym&fext=.jsp&c_id=nym  - It's been quite the summer for Cyclones outfielder Cory Vaughn. The son of former Major Leaguer Greg Vaughn, the 21-year-old was selected by the Mets in the fourth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft and assigned to Class A short-season Brooklyn in the New York-Penn League. Vaughn wasted no time getting acclimated in his first professional season, and now his team is headed to the playoffs. "It's been so great," Vaughn said. "It's just a great bunch of guys. I've had to make my adjustments just like anyone else, but I feel like I made them. It's fun to come to the ballpark every day when you're winning." Vaughn, who signed quickly after the Draft, has been a big part of the Cyclones' winning ways this season. Though the organization knew of his power potential, via his big league bloodlines, Vaughn's shown himself to be quite the slugger in his first season, setting a Cyclones franchise record with 14 home runs, one ahead of Frank Corr's 2001 total. Vaughn's blasts have led to wins in 11 of the 13 games in which he's gone deep.

9-27-10 from: - http://www.amazinavenue.com/2010/9/27/1704156/minor-league-season-in-review-brooklyn-cyclones  - Vaughn was nothing short of spectacular in his pro debut this year, showing real potential as a middle-of-the-order run producer and surely making the decision for Brooklyn's MVP a tough one. After getting drafted in the fourth round out of San Diego St., Vaughn (to his credit) signed very quickly and got right to hitting as the Cyclones cleanup man. And hit he did; like Ceciliani, Vaughn's name is all over the league's offensive leader boards as he led the league in slugging and OPS while finishing top three in homers, extra-bases, doubles, RBI's and a whole host of other offensive categories. He also showcased his all-around athletic ability stealing twelve bases and covering center field in a pinch and what really surprised those who had watched him in college was the increased plate discipline he showed, walking in an exemplary 12.8% of his ab's. Vaughn himself attributed the overall improvement at the dish to regular playing time, which he didn't always receive at San Diego State. On the down side, his K-rates and BB:K worsened pretty significantly after the All-Star Break (13:31 in his final thirty games, 21:29 in 38 games before that) further bolstering critics' claims that he was a college player beating up on inferior competition. This is why a promotion up to Hi-A next spring should be an interesting litmus test about how legitimate Vaughn's power bat really is.

9-28-10 from http://www.metsminorleagueblog.com/2010/09/28/q-a-with-kevin-goldstein-of-baseball-prospectus  - I want to say yes, but I can’t do it without a bit of trepidation. Look, this guy has oozed tools forever, but he never quite translated them into results during his college years, so you have to be a bit nervous, as history is littered with guys who did things in the New York-Penn League never to be heard from again. There’s still a truckload of swing and miss in his game, but the power and speed are very real and as a scout once said to me many years ago, “always bet on the tools.”

10-8-10: - 2011 Forecast: - Well, we don't have to spend anymore time on what Keith Law and I thought of this pick. The bottom line is I was wrong and Vaughn looks like he's a live one. Both he and Darrell Ceciliani made headlines playing the Cyclones outfield last season, but I have only Vaughn going straight to Lucy for the beginning of the 2011 season. That should be some kind of outfield with Vaughn, Matt den Dekker (who plays CF?), and Cesar Puello.

10-18-10 from: - http://www.metsminorleagueblog.com/2010/10/18/q-a-with-espns-jason-churchill  - I’d temper my enthusiasm until he’s shown he can hit better pitching; he’s a college draftee who may have faced better arms in school than he did in the NY-Penn League. The raw power is real, but so are the whiffs. The swing isn’t terrible, but scouts are concerned about the contact rates, and rightfully so.

11-18-10 from: - - http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/top-10-prospects-the-new-york-mets  - Opening Day Age: 21 - Estimated Peak WAR: 4.5 Notes: Although it’s early in his career, there are definitely some parallels that can be drawn between Cory’s game and his father’s – long-time Brewer Greg Vaughn. Both possess massive power potential, although the younger Vaughn has a much different build than his father – he’s tall and has room on his frame to add muscle. Vaughn had a nice debut in short-season ball by hitting .307/.396/.557 in 264 at-bats. He showed a good eye at the plate, as well as patience, and posted a walk rate of 10.9 BB%. The high strikeout rate (23.9%) is a trade-off for the power (.250 ISO). His hands are a little too busy at the plate at times, which could hurt his ability to square up on the ball on a consistent basis. He gets out of the batter’s box quickly and shows solid base running abilities but he has average speed underway. Vaughn saw time in center field during his debut but is expected to fill out to the point where he’ll move to right field on a permanent basis. He’s a solid defensive fielder but his throws lack accuracy at times. If his offensive success continues in A-ball, Vaughn could move up prospect lists in 2011.

11-24-10 from: - http://www.metsgeek.com/showthread.php?658-Mets-Top-Twenty-Prospects&p=187156  - 17. Cory Vaughn. I would call Cory the most controversial prospect on this list. Although I love his power projection and his ability to play a solid right field, there are too many question marks about his contact skills, to feel like he will amount to the lofty expectations many Met fans have given to him. In 09, he nearly had a 2:1 AB to SO ratio playing in the Cape Cod league, a league where he may have seen better pitching than he did last year in the NY Penn League. The thought is his bat cannot catch up to a 90s fastball and a hitch in his swing will limit his ability to hit the breaking ball. Best case scenario is a player in the mold of his dad, Greg Vaughn, one of the 90s most underrated sluggers. Worst case scenario is never making it above double A. He’ll most likely bypass Savannah and play right field for St Lucie.

12-20-10 from: - http://mets360.com/?p=5755&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mets360%2Ffeed+%28Mets360+Feed%29  - OF, New York-Penn League, .307/.396/.557 in 313 PA. - The Mets’ fourth-round pick in the 2010 Draft out of San Diego State, Vaughn is the son of former MLB star Greg Vaughn. The younger Vaughn had a big year in the NYP, hitting for both average (.307) and power (14 HR) while also showing the speed to steal 12 bases. While a rookie league, the NYP is the natural spot for many college players and first-round picks. Under the old Mets regime, Vaughn would likely have opened 2011 in Double-A. Now, he’s likely headed to the Hi-A Florida State League, instead.

12-22-20 from: - http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=12623  - Cory Vaughn, OF -

Year in Review: The son of former All-Star Greg Vaughn always impressed far more with his tools than performance in college, but had a stunning pro debut.

The Good: Vaughn is a physical athlete with tantalizing tools. He has well above-average raw power, but is also a tick above-average runner. He's even a solid right fielder with a strong arm.

The Bad: Scouts spent three years being frustrated with Vaughn's college showing, as he never lived up to expectations until he went to Brooklyn. There's still a significant amount of swing-and-miss in his game, and that will likely always be a part of him. He needs to improve his routes in the outfield and his baserunning, as his overall game has more rawness than most prospects his age.

Ephemera: Vaughn was a 43rd-round pick in 2006 by the Phillies out of Jesuit High in California, where he was a teammate of Red Sox first-base prospect Lars Anderson.

Perfect World Projection: He could be a clone of his father as a low average hitter with tons of power and a bit of speed.

Fantasy Impact: He'll have big home runs and double-digit stolen bases, but find your batting average elsewhere.

Path to the Big Leagues: Some already feel that Vaughn has the potential to be one of the steals of the draft, and he has the raw ability to rocket up this list a year from now. With a good spring, he'll make his full-season debut at High-A St. Lucie.


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