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Toolshed: Payton seeing Red as Rule 5 pick

Outfielder rides 30-homer season in A's system to a shot at bigs
January 10, 2020

During the last month, Mark Payton developed a joke with his friends and family back home in Illinois."I've got to be getting close to the record for the most times drafted," he said. "This has to be close."A 31st-round pick of the Twins out of high school in 2010. A

Garcia, Bailey highlight 2019 Rule 5 picks

Yankees hurler, Astros righty join Tigers, Orioles with first picks
December 12, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- Eleven Minor Leaguers moved to new organizations Thursday with newfound hope of cracking a Major League roster.The Tigers selected Yankees right-hander Rony Garcia with the first overall pick in the 2019 Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. Astros righty Brandon Bailey went to

Brown, Payton pilot polished A's pack

Experienced bunch enjoy career campaigns in Oakland system
November 22, 2019

Each offseason, MiLB.com goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization. Click here to locate your favorite club.The 2019 season ended in all-too-familiar fashion for the Athletics -- heartbreak in the postseason. Falling

Raleigh rolls again to Player of the Week

Mariners No. 13 prospect lands third straight Cal League award
July 15, 2019

On July 8, Cal Raleigh became the first California League hitter to win back-to-back Offensive Player of the Week awards in 2019. On Monday, he added to that streak, taking home the honor for a third straight time. It's a remarkable run that will come to an end, however --

Aviators' Payton flies round trip thrice

A's prospect completes Las Vegas' second hat trick of '19
July 14, 2019

Mark Payton took the whole Aviators thing pretty seriously on Saturday night.The A's prospect put three balls in flight for Triple-A Las Vegas and all three touched down on the other side of the outfield wall. The three-homer outburst, which helped the Aviators overpower Salt Lake, 13-9, at Las Vegas

Robert rolls to Player of the Week honor

No. 4 White Sox prospect paces Carolina League with 15 RBIs
April 15, 2019

After missing a significant portion of the 2018 season battling injuries, Luis Robert is making up for lost time right out of the gate this year. MLB.com's No. 38 overall prospect is off to a torrid start with Class A Advanced Winston-Salem, earning Carolina League Offensive Player of the Week

Payton, Gallen win season's first weekly awards

Las Vegas OF bests PCL in OPS (1.557); New Orleans RHP allows one run in 13.0 innings
April 15, 2019

ROUND ROCK, Texas - Las Vegas Aviators OF Mark Payton and New Orleans Baby Cakes RHP Zac Gallen have been selected the Pacific Coast League's Player and Pitcher of the Week for the extended season-opening period of April 4-14, the League office announced Monday.