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Mets OF prospect Cory Vaughn has received an invite to major league camp for spring training (ESPNNY, Jan. 9).

Vaughn, 24, hit .267 with 10 HR and 50 RBI in 262 at-bats last season for Double-A Binghamton. He was eligible for the Rule 5 draft and was not added to the team's 40-man roster, but he was not selected by another organization.

Vaughn is the son of former Brewers OF Greg Vaughn, who hit 355 HR during his 15-year, big-league career.

"He's a lot different from his dad," Mets roving hitting instructor Lamar Johnson said about Vaughn (, Nov. 15). "His dad was a lot stronger, and Cory is a guy that runs a little bit better. He's a better defensive player, he's a real good defensive player. There are some similarities, but not a lot. He just needs to play. I like guys with power because they can change the game real quick."

Spring Training is the only time of year I get to see these prospects up close and in action. I'm glad Vaughn will be in camp, because he's always been intriguing, given his family roots and athleticism. He strikes me as a guy people feel should be better than he probably is, but that also speaks to his potential as much as it does to his reality. I've had some experts who watch him say he's capable of 20 HR and 20 stolen bases in the big leagues. At the same time, others laugh at that projection and insist he'll only ever be a platoon guy, bench player with speed, probably in a smaller market. I've heard insiders say he's capable of getting to Triple-A this season, assuming he stays healthy. If this is the case, and he gets some exposure this spring, it sets up 2014 as a big year in Vaughn's career - especially given the big-league team's need on the bench and in the outfield.

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