The Mets 5th round pick in the 2010 Major League Draft was Matt Den Dekker, who broke into the majors in 2013. Their selection before Matt was outfielder Cory Vaughn, chosen in the 4th round with the 122nd overall pick.
Cory is the son of Greg Vaughn, former 1st round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1986 draft. The elder Vaughn played 15 seasons in the majors, made four all-star teams, and played in over 7,000 big league games with 355 home runs.
After signing with the Mets, the outfield prospect reported to the Brooklyn Cyclones (A-) of the New York Penn League where he had an outstanding 2010 season, appearing in 72 games, batting .307 with 14 HR and 56 RBI. He collected 81 hits with 14 doubles, 5 triples, 12 stolen bases, an OBP of .396 and slugged .557. He was 2nd in the league in HR and RBI and led the league in slugging.
Cory began 2011 with the Savannah Sand Gnats (A) of the South Atlantic League before being promoted to the St. Lucie Mets (A+) of the Florida State League in June. On the season, he appeared in 131 games, batting .255 with 13 HR and 59 RBI, 116 base hits, 22 doubles, three triples, and 10 stolen bases. His OBP was .362 and he slugged .402.
Cory remained in St. Lucie for the entirety of the 2012 campaign, appearing in 126 games, batting .243 with 23 HR and 69 RBI with 25 doubles, three triples and 21 stolen bases. His OBP dipped to .351, but his slugging percentage increased to .463.
An injury plagued 2013 season limited him to just 92 games between the Gulf Coast League Mets (Rookie), the St. Lucie Mets, and the Binghamton Mets (AA). On the season, he hit a combined .252 with 10 HR and 54 RBI, getting 83 hits, 11 doubles, and 4 triples to go with 16 stolen bases. He had an OBP of .348 and slugged .400.
Over four minor league seasons, Cory has played in 421 games, batting .260 with 60 HR and 238 RBI. He has 391 hits, 72 doubles, 15 triples, 59 stolen bases, and a career OBP of .362 and a slugging percentage of .362.
Where will Cory’s future take him in 2014 and beyond? We shall see.
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