Payton with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in 2016
|Born: December 7, 1991|
Orland Park, Illinois
Payton was first drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 31st round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft out of St. Rita of Cascia High School in Chicago, Illinois. He did not sign with the Twins and went on to play college baseball at the University of Texas at Austin for the Longhorns. While at Texas, he had a Big-12 record 101 straight games getting on base. After his junior season he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 16th round of the 2013 MLB Draft, but did not sign and returned to Texas for his senior season. Payton played in 234 games during his four-year college career, batting .318/.425/.444 with seven home runs
Payton was then drafted by the New York Yankees in the seventh round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. He signed and spent 2014 with both the Charleston RiverDogs and Tampa Yankees, slashing .320/.418/.497 with four home runs over 48 total games. In 2015, he played for both Tampa and the Trenton Thunder, batting a combined .267 with six home runs and 52 RBIs, and in 2016, he played for Tampa, Trenton, and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, compiling a combined .282 batting average with ten home runs and 62 RBIs. Payton spent 2017 with Trenton and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, batting .256/.313/.389 with six home runs and 23 RBIs in 94 total games.
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