|Evaluator:||Nick J. Faleris|
|Report Date:||June 3rd, 2019|
Vaughn did not quite match his monstrous output from 2018, but still managed to slash .385/.539/.728 while hitting 15 home runs and drawing 53 walks to just 30 strikeouts in 228 plate appearances. He improved his walk rate to an elite 23.4% and was one of the most dangerous bats in all of college baseball for the second straight spring. It was a much needed outburst after a ho-hum showing with the Collegiate National Team last summer and enough to solidify Vaughn as a likely top five selection.
After dominating as a sophomore last spring, Vaughn has continued to display the traits of a future impact bat in the middle of a Major League lineup. There’s big time leverage and strength in his compact and powerful build, and the first baseman shows an knack for lifting and driving the ball to all parts of the park from all parts of the zone. He’s a well below-average runner and is likely limited to first base at the next level, though some evaluators have wondered if he couldn’t play a passable third base thanks to solid hands and an above-average arm. Vaughn appears to be one of the safer potential impact bats in the draft, though his limited run and defensive utility will place a lot of pressure on the bat reaching its utmost potential should a club invest a top five pick in the Cal slugger.