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 Invite Cory Vaughn, Jack Leathersich, Others To Big League Camp

UPDATE, 5:16 PM:

In addition to Cory Vaughn, the Mets have also invited infielder Daniel Muno, infielder/outfielder Dustin Lawley, and left handed reliever Jack Leathersich to big league camp.

Both Muno and Lawley will very likely open the season with Triple-A Las Vegas.

Leathersich has a shot to crack the bullpen, but he’s probably on the outside looking in.  He misses bats at an insanely good rate, but is still rough around the edges.  After being promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas last season, Leathersich struggled badly with his command.  Although he’s a lefty, he has reverse platoon splits, meaning he won’t be a LOOGY.  If/when Leathersich makes the big club, he should be utilized as a crossover reliever.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets have extended an invite to big league camp to minor league outfielder Cory Vaughn.

Vaughn, 24, was left unprotected during the Rule Five draft, but went unclaimed.

Last year for Double-A Binghamton, Vaughn had a triple slash of .267/.346/.424, to go along with 10 home runs, 50 RBI’s, and 40 runs scored.

Thoughts:

Because he isn’t yet on the 40-man roster, the chances of Vaughn heading north with the Mets are likely very slim.

The right-handed hitting Vaughn’s ceiling is likely as a platoon bat who starts/pinch hits against lefties, but there’s a decent chance he’d be able to succeed at the big league level in that capacity.

Currently ahead of Vaughn on the depth chart as outfield bench options are Eric Young, Jr., Andrew Brown, and potentially Matt den Dekker, all of whom are on the 40-man roster.

If Vaughn doesn’t make the club out of spring training, he’ll likely open the season with Triple-A Las Vegas.

 

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