Matt Payne

HS Grad 2004
Age 32 and 3 mos
Age on 2004 Draft 18 and 2 mos
Position(s) RHP  MIF
Ht/Wt 6-3, 175 lb
School  Alexander Central
Hometown  Hiddenite, NC USA
Summer Team 
Fall Team 
MLB Draft 
Round 34 by Pirates in 2008
National Rank - Class of 2004
Ranking Last Updated: Jun 05, 2004
Position - RHP
NC State Rank - Class of 2004
Ranking Last Updated: Jun 05, 2004
Position - RHP

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4 yr Commitment
North Carolina State

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2003 Southeast Top Prospect Showcase   Aug 08, 2003
PG Grade: 8.5
Payne’s best weapon as a pitcher is a 70 mph downer curveball that he got on top of so well that it occasionally backed up into a right handed hitter. You don’t see that too often at any level. The 6-2, 175 lb. Payne throws a 4-seam fastball 86-87 mph and a 2-seam sinker with good action at 83 mph and should add velocity to both pitches as he fills out his projectable, athletic body. An added plus for Payne that will help him improve his pitching is that he’s a good athlete who can play the middle of the infield and swing the bat well. He even runs close to MLB average. Very interesting top level college prospect with a possible pro future. Matt is also a top student. Scouts should keep a close eye on him, he could really step up before next June.
PG Career Progression
Best PG Grade: 8.50
PG Grade

Percentile Rank among grad class in the recorded year

FB 87 mph
74.11% Rank
best 94  avg 84
 (2004 class in 2003)

best 95  avg 83
 (2004 class)
60 7.13 sec
76.11% Rank
best 6.35  avg 7.40
 (2004 class in 2003)

best 6.29  avg 7.39
 (2004 class)
IF 81 mph
77.70% Rank
best 89  avg 77
 (2004 class in 2003)

best 91  avg 77
 (2004 class)
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