Mark Payton is a 5′ 8″ 190-pound left-handed outfielder from the University of Texas. Payton played centerfield in college, but he probably will not be able to stick there in pro ball because he lacks elite speed to play the position. What Payton does have is a really good offensive game. He ended his career with a 99-game on-base streak.
He has a good eye at the plate and is a good contact guy. With not much power, Payton depends on solid line drives and gap power to get on base. He hit .318 with 1 home run and 36 RBI in 2014. Payton has a solid career average of .319, 6 home runs and 119 RBI in his 4-year career.
Mark Payton will probably end up as a guy who plays a few positions as a pro, most likely a corner outfielder or a middle infielder. Either way, the Yankees are getting a gritty little player with good contact, speed and a ton of upside.