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With a runner on third base, and the Mets trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning, uniform # 96 with no name on the back came strolling out of the home dugout. During spring training this is a pretty normal occurance, as players get shipped over from minor league camp regularly. Typically, the fans in the stands, the players on the field, the television announcers, are in the same boat of not necessarily knowing who the minor league call ups will be on any given day, but with one swing of the bat Cory Vaughn made sure that it won't be long before New York Mets fans everywhere know his name. The 2010 New York-Penn League All-Star connected on a 3-1 offering from Washington Nationals reliever Atahualpa Severino and sent it deep over the left field wall at Digital Domain Park to knot the score at 3-3. Although it was was his first appearance in big league camp, not everyone was surprised by Vaughn's heroics.
"I watched him play a ton last year," said Mets manager Terry Collins, who spent 2010 as the Field Coordinator in the minor league system. "And every time I saw him I came away impressed. The power that this guy has as a player who is only 22-years-old is remarkable. The sky really is the limit as far as his potential goes, and if he keeps improving he'll be hitting those home runs at Citi Field before long."