By Jerry Del Priore
After enjoying an All-Star season with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the independent Atlantic league in 2017, former Brooklyn Cyclone and New York Mets minor leaguer Cory Vaughn returns to the fold for the 2018 season.
Vaughn, 28, hit .252 with 13 homers and 63 RBI in 453 at-bats in 131 games with the Blue Crabs in ‘17. He also flashed some leather, leading Southern Maryland in fielding percentage and outfield assists, en route to capturing the team’s Golden Glove award last year.
Prior to joining the Blue Crabs, the San Diego State University product spent a year with the New Jersey Jackals of the Canadian-American Association in 2016. Vaughn appeared in 90 contests for New Jersey, slugging nine long balls and stealing 13 bases, while leading the club in doubles and outfield assists.
Vaughn, the son of former Major Leaguer Greg Vaughn, played with the New York Mets organization from 2010 to 2015. During the 2012 season, Vaughn, a Type I diabetic, posted career-highs in stolen bases (21), RBI (69), and runs scored (73) that campaign. His excellent year earned him a spot on the MILB.com Organization All-Star Team.
The Green Bay, Wisconsin-born outfielder had an impressive professional debut season with the Cyclones, rapping a .307 average with 14 dingers, 56 RBI, 14 doubles, five triples, and a .396 OBP in 264 at-bats in 72 games in ’10.