A Brooklyn Eagle article quotes Backman as saying this about Vaughn: "The kid’s got all the tools. He’s got some speed, great arm strength and power."
In another Eagle article, Backman is quoted as saying: "This kid is going to play in the big leagues fast," and "I’m not going to say he’s an Ike Davis or anything like that, but he has the same potential Ike had coming here just a few years ago."
Backman's not the only coach to think highly of Vaughn. So does Tony Gwynn at San Diego State.
Here's a comment Gwynn made to a reporter from the North County Times, a San Diego area newspaper:
"When we recruited him, he was probably 6-1, he came here at 6-3, and now he's about 6-5, and it's all muscle," Gwynn said. "He puts on his uniform, and that's how you wish big-leaguers looked. And his skill set is getting better and better. I think next year at this time, he can be a monster."
The Mets desperately need a power hitter. Vaughn might be able to fill that void.
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