St. Rita Grad, Mark Payton '10 Eyeing MLB Draft

Mark Payton

mark payton SR - Texas The three-day Major League Baseball draft starts next Thursday, June 6, and when it's over, look for Mark Payton to be a happy man no matter what happens.

The worst that could happen isn't all that bad.

The Orland Park native is a junior at Texas and as the draft unfolds, three things could happen.

He could be drafted in the desirable higher rounds.

He could be drafter in the lower rounds.

He might not be drafted at all, although that seems unlikely. One scouting service listed him as the 249th-best prospect available in the draft.

Any of the three scenarios would be OK with Payton, who prepped at St. Rita High School.

"I can't ask for a better situation right now," Payton said. "It's every kid's dream to wear a Texas jersey. And it's every kid's dream to hear their name called in the draft. I'm in a pretty fortunate situation right now."

Minnesota drafted Payton in the 31st round of the 2010 draft but he chose to honor his commitment to Texas.

Since the left-handed outfielder arrived on campus, he has been a mainstay in the lineup. This year, he made the All-Big 12 Conference team. He batted .393 with 11 doubles, eight triples and 29 RBI while recording nine outfield assists. He led the team with 20 multi-hit games and finished the season with a streak of reaching base safely in 39 straight games.

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