Cal baseball’s rising junior Andrew Vaughn has racked up another accolade after a historically great season at the plate, being named the Perfect Game/Rawlings National Player of the Year.
Vaughn has become the first player in school history to be named National Player of the Year by a major publication or organization.
During Vaughn’s monster season at the plate, he led the Pac-12 in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage while mashing 23 taters, the second most in the conference.
This news comes after Vaughn was named one of four finalists for the Golden Spikes Award last week.
In two years with the Bears, Vaughn has a slash line (batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage) of .374/.474/.681, as well as 35 home runs.
Should Vaughn continue anywhere near that level of production in his junior campaign, there’s a strong possibility he will be selected in the first round of next year’s draft.
Oregon State star Nick Madrigal, this year’s fourth overall pick, finished his collegiate tenure with a lower batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage than Vaughn.