On Vaughn, Aaron Fitt cites his ability to go the other way, a skill he improved as a junior in college for his success this summer.
Is that any surprise that Vaughn learned the value of going the other way in college at San Diego State under Head Coach Tony Gwynn, who made the Baseball Hall of Fame in part for his ability to wear out the 5.5 hole between third and short for his ability as a left-handed hitter? I wonder if Gwynn felt a certain sense of deja vu teaching a Vaughn how to go the other way. At the time of Gwynn's introduction, Tim Kurkjian told a story about Gwynn teaching Cory's father Greg, to let the ball travel longer so he could hit it the other way; an adjustment that led to Greg's 50 home run season 1998.
Physical and athletic, Vaughn has prototypical right-field tools. He has above-average power and a chance to be an average hitter. He also has an average arm, average speed and good defensive skills.On Ceciliani, the writeup mixed the positive, one scout saying "he can really hit, and he did it all year," with the negative with Fitt writing, "Other evaluators say Ceciliani has a long swing and is susceptible to fastballs inside."
The conclusion Fitt wrote was:
A 55 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale, Ceciliani gets good reads and jumps in center field. He has a fringe-average arm. He has a chance to be an everyday center fielder if he continues to hit like he did this summer, or he could have value as a fourth outfielder.I'm a little surprised that BA has Ceciliani as only a 55 runner. I've had Mets people tell me that Ceciliani is right there with the best defensive outfielders in the system athletically. The Mets brought a bunch of guys to Savannah this year who could really run and cover ground center including Juan Lagares, Pedro Zapata, both plus runners, and of course Kirk Nieuwenhuis played center everyday in AA.
One of the clear strengths of the Mets system is in its younger outfielders a list that begins with Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Cesar Puello and the Brooklyn pair.