Mar. 23, 2012; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Mets outfielder Cory Vaughn in the dugout during the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Braves won 9-4. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Mets Leave Cory Vaughn Unprotected

Tonight is the deadline for the Mets to protect eligible minor leaguers from the Rule 5 draft by adding them to the 40-man roster.  Right-handed hitting outfielder Cory Vaughn was on the bubble, and the club alerted him earlier tonight that he would be left unprotected.  Tweeted Vaughn:

Vaughn, 24, split last season between High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton.

In 295 plate appearances for Binghamton, Vaughn had a triple slash of .267/.346/.424, to go along with 10 home runs, 50 RBI’s, and 40 runs scored.

If Vaughn is claimed in the Rule 5 draft, the claiming team would have to keep him on their active roster all season or be forced to offer him back to the Mets.

Thoughts:

Most who cover the Mets minor leagues feel that Vaughn’s ceiling is a platoon bat, but that certainly has value.

Due to the fact that the Mets have virtually no outfield depth, I thought it would be wise to protect Vaughn.  Clearly, they thought otherwise.

 

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