Cory Thomas Vaughn
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 225 lb.
- School San Diego State University
- High School Jesuit High School
Cory played basketball, football and baseball in high school. He hit only .250 as a junior but improved to .330 with 18 steals as a senior. Tony Gwynn, who played with his father in 1996-1998, recruited him to play at San Diego State, while the Philadelphia Phillies picked him in the 43rd round of the 2007 amateur draft. He opted for college.
As a freshman, Cory batted .243/.326/.432; a bright spot was six home runs, second on the team. He hit .251 for the La Crosse Loggers of the Northwoods League that summer but had 41 RBI, 8 homers and 35 runs in 68 games. Baseball America named him the loop's top prospect.
Vaughn made big strides as a sophomore, producing at a .328/.406/.549 rate with 10 home runs, 54 runs and 51 RBI in 64 games. He had eight assists in the outfield compared to three errors and also stole 15 bases in 19 tries. He made first-team All-Mountain West Conference (joining Brian Cavazos-Galvez and J.J. Sferra in the outfield). With the Cotuit Kettleers that summer, he hit .242/.312/.364 with 41 strikeouts in 99 at-bats in the prestigious Cape Cod League.
His junior year, Cory batted .378/.454/.606 with 15 steals (only being caught once), 42 runs and 55 RBI in 47 contests. He made second-team All-MWC. The New York Mets took him in the fourth round of the 2010 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Fred Mazuca. Assigned to the Brooklyn Cyclones, he was 1 for 4 with a run and two RBI on June 18, his pro debut.