|Report Date:||June 9th, 2018|
Undrafted out of high school, Vaughn burst onto the scene in 2017 with a monster year for the Golden Bears, slashing .349/.414/.555 on his way to Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors. He parlayed the strong spring into a spot on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, where he hit in the middle of the order. He was even more impressive as a sophomore, named as a Golden Spikes Award finalist after posting an OPS of 1.350 to go with 23 homeruns and over twice the number of walks (44) as strikeouts (18).
Vaughn has quick hands with a penchant for barreling balls with a compact yet powerful swing and exceptional feel for the strike zone. As a sub-six-foot right/right first baseman, much of Vaughn’s value is tied to his stick. He doesn’t run well, but he’s got a good arm and has been up to 92 mph on the bump as a two-way player for Cal. He’ll once again suit up for Team USA this summer, and he could position himself to be an early pick next year if he shows well with wood.