Cory Vaughn Scouting Report (2010)
New York Mets outfield prospect Cory Vaughn is one of the more polarizing names I’ve come across since starting Scouting the Sally. Ask a believer and he or she will point to Vaughn’s big league body and on base skills as proof of his being at least a solid everyday regular. Scouting contacts aren’t nearly as enthused as questions about his power persist leaving him a tweener with a bat for centerfield, but a glove for an outfield corner.
- As an athlete, Vaughn comes off as stiff in his movements
- Considerable bat waggle; Excessive extra movement could negatively affect timing
- Drastically altered stance with two strikes; Deep crouch; shorter stride; less movement
- Flat swing plane; Habit of swinging with shoulders instead of wrists
- Swing has a stiff follow through; Sometimes spins awkwardly on a stiff front leg
- Sat back on hanging curveball for a long home run to left
- Swung through 87 MPH fastball up; Whispers of slider bat speed amongst contacts
- Relatively patient; Opposing pitchers seemed content to work around Vaughn and he rarely chased
- 20% K rates over 600+ professional plate appearances indicate less swing-and-miss than he appeared to have in game action
- Fringe arm; Questionable route on double; Expect move to LF in time
- Average speed? Definitely not a stolen base threat as he matures
At 22, Vaughn is a little old for A-ball, but his .285/.398/.430 triple slash line is pretty indicative of a skill set which is a little light on the power necessary to project as even an average regular. Sure, the on base percentage is impressive, but I wonder if at least some of his walk totals are due to being pitched around based on his looking the part of impact talent. At this point, Vaughn is more of a player with a AAAA ceiling until he can prove the power currently on display in the Florida State League can not only be maintained at level, but carries over to double-A Binghampton.
24 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
1-On-1 ROTO Strategy Session
The Best Of RS
- Can Alex "Chi-Chi" Gonzalez Crack the Texas Rangers Opening Day Rotation?
- Fantasy Baseball Trade Deadline 101: A Former MLB GM’s Take
- Felix Hernandez and Solo Home Run Situations: A Blueprint For Longevity
- JR Graham: Is He Still An MLB Arm For The Atlanta Braves?
- Mason Williams: Is It Time To Label Him A Bust For The Yankees?
- Mike Newman's Top-50 Fantasy Baseball Prospects Scouted in 2014
- Nick Kingham Scouting Report (2014)
- Rangers Joey Gallo, Marlins Giancarlo Stanton And Strikeouts
- The ROTOscouting Baseball Podcast
- Top-10 Fantasy Baseball Prospects By Team
- Will Mike Moustakas Finally Put It Together Next Season?