04/22/2018 - College PREP - Louisville, KY Payton is a solid RHP/SS who has a promising future on the diamond. Foot speed is well above average as indicated by his 60 time of 7.15. On the mound, delivery is sound / repeatable allowing his arm action to work free to the plate. He shows good tempo through a strong balance point. Arm strength is outstanding as indicated by his top velocity of 86 mph. Fastball showed a range of 83-86 mph with arm side run. Breaking ball displays 11/5 shape with gradual break. He maintains arm speed on his changeup with tailing action. Control is solid as he throws strikes with all his pitches. Stock on the mound will continue to increase as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program. At SS, he displays smooth / clean actions. Feet are active and he displays proper footwork but needs to play through balls more with his body. Glove action is soft /sure and he presents well out front. Range is a plus as he moves well laterally and covers a lot ground. At the plate he shows a squared setup. Hands are loose and work through an aggressive swing path. He makes consistent contact through a line drive approach. Power will increase as he utilizes his lower half more efficiently. Payton has a big upside on the mound and will get looks from the collegiate coaches as he continues to progress his game.