Cory Vaughn is rated as the the Mets 7th overall prospect in the farm system. He is the son of former big league slugger Greg Vaughn, and has followed in his fathers footsteps on the fast track to the major leagues. The 22 year old outfielder was the Mets 4th round pick out of San Diego State in the 2010 draft, 122nd overall. Cory Vaughn has good size at 6’3, and this kid has all the tools to be an All-Star in the major leagues someday. He has a good blend of power and speed, both of which he has showcased since being drafted.
He started his first professional season playing in 72 games for the Brooklyn Cyclones, spanning 264 at bats. He hit .307 with 14 home runs and drove in 56 runs. He also hit 14 doubles, had an on base percentage of .396, while stealing 12 bases. It was a banner year for Cory, in which he was named to the New York Penn-League All-Star team, and led the league with an OPS of .953.
He has begun his second year as a pro, his first full season, with the Savannah Sand Gnats. In 31 games so far this season, he is currently hitting .314 with 1 homer and 13 RBI over his first 105 at-bats. Cory also has 5 stolen bases thus far, to go along with his .434 OBP and 9 doubles. Vaughn plays a decent corner outfield spot, and has an average arm. He has not shown the power he did last yet this season, but you can be sure it will come.
Vaughn also struggles to overcome the fact that he is a diabetic and monitors with an insulin pump while he plays. He carries it in his back pocket and has to check his blood sugar levels during games. He is a Type 1 diabetic, which leaves his body unable to self-regulate its blood sugar levels, Vaughn has dealt with the condition since being diagnosed at 11 years old. Cory’s outlook on his situation is simple, “It is what it is. Either I do it, or it’s not going to be any good. It really wasn’t an obstacle. I just took it as a mountain I had to climb. I’ve been doing very well at it.”
At this point all signs point to an estimated arrival date of 2014. But as we know all too well in baseball, that could change quickly. With Vaughn’s ability, and the way he has hit last year and so far this season, he should earn a call up to Single-A Port St Lucie before this season is over. Since he is already 22 years old, I see a more realistic arrival date of late 2013, when he would be 24 years of age. If he arrives in late 2013 or in 2014, his arrival will coincide with the completion of Jason Bay’s contract. With Vaughn’s skill set, it is easy to see him as our future left fielder.
The Mets have had so many prospects not pan out in recent years, with the exception of Ike Davis. Cory Vaughn looks like he could be the real deal. He has more power than any Met outfield prospect in recent years. Recent outfield prospects for the Mets have not had fared well, as Lasting Milledge and Alex Escobar never lived up to his expectations, Carlos Gomez was traded for Johan Santana, and Fernando Martinez has struggled through injuries. Even though Cory Vaughn is still a few years away, it is hard not to get excited about the numbers he is putting up at this point. Some people may say that he is facing weak competition, but I would argue that this is what he is supposed to do against them. We have had too many Mets prospects struggle in the low minors and never progress through the ranks. Keep your eyes on this guy, his road to the show should be very exciting.
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