Slugger Noah Vaughan Joins Cleburne
Article By: Denning Gerig, Cleburne Railroaders
CLEBURNE, Tex. (Mar. 3, 2021) – The Cleburne Railroaders announced Wednesday the signing of outfielder Noah Vaughan.
Vaughan, a native of The Woodlands, Texas, starred at the University of Texas Arlington from 2016-18. The left-handed hitting slugger improved his OPS each season as a collegian, posting a .738 mark as a freshman before improving to .751 and .930 over his final two years. In 2018, Vaughan put together a historic season as a junior for the Mavericks, launching the fifth-most home runs (14) and the sixth-most triples (six) in single-season program history on his way to a strong .276/.382/.548 slash line.
Following the season, Vaughan was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 12th round of the 2018 MLB Draft. The 6’3, 200-pounder reported to short-season Vermont in the New York-Penn League upon signing, then split the 2019 campaign across three different levels of the Athletics system, reaching as high as Class-A Beloit. He totaled 15 doubles, six triples, and seven home runs in his two years with the Athletics.
Vaughan was released by Oakland in March of 2020, but found a home in the City of Champions Cup with the Joliet Slammers. The City of Champions Cup was a four-team league based out of Joliet, Illinois after the regularly scheduled 2020 Frontier League season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vaughan took advantage of his opportunity with the Slammers, putting together a dominant season over the course of 26 games. The 23-year-old led the league in home runs (10), total bases (60), slugging percentage (.769), on-base percentage (.471) and walks (24) to go along with a .321 batting average. He was named a City of Champions Cup All-Star as a designated hitter for his efforts. The Slammers finished the season with a 20-5 record, winning the league championship.
Defensively, Vaughan has experience at all three outfield spots in addition to stints as a first baseman. He has committed only one error as an outfielder in 94 games as a professional. While not a prolific runner, Vaughan has proven proficient on the base paths; he stole six bases in seven attempts for Joliet and has a career success rate of 38 swipes in 58 attempts.
Vaughan is the second Railroaders player in franchise history from the University of Texas Arlington, joining former Cleburne first baseman Levi Scott.
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