Payton Bint

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Payton Bint
Detroit Motorheads— No. 17
First baseman
Born: October 19, 1995
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Bats: Switch Throws: Left
Bull League statistics
(through 2019)
AVG .293
Runs 68
HR 34
RBI 92
Teams
  • Detroit Motorheads (2018-present)
Career highlights
  • 2019 LL Rookie of the Year


Payton "Big P" Bint is a Canadian professional baseball first baseman who currently plays for the Detroit Motorheads in the Bull League's Lake League (LL). He made his major-level debut with the Motorheads in 2019.[1]

Bint was drafted 6th overall in the 2018 Bull League draft out of UWO, where he had won a Player of the Week award, and quickly climbed through the Motorheads farm system, collecting further Player of the Week nods at A-level and AA-level before being named #1 prospect in the league and then making the Motorheads roster in 2019. He was named LL Rookie of the Year after a phenomenal 34-home run season in which he hit .293.

College career

Bint played for the Western Mustangs in his senior year, 2017, and batted .361 over an 18-game season. He won a CIS Player of the Week award, and finished his only college season with 11 RBI, 7 runs, and 5 doubles as his only extra-base hits. He was not known for his power at the time, but he showed promise as a very good contact hitter with great defensive skills at first base.

Bint was drafted the following June in the 1st round (6th overall pick) by the Detroit Motorheads. He signed a $5.5 million bonus, considerably above the norm for a 6th overall pick.

Professional career

Minor leagues

Bint was drafted 6th overall in the 2018 Bull League draft by the Motorheads, ahead of Carl Simms Jr., son of Hall of Famer Carl Simms. Fellow Mustangs Mick Connolly (RF, Nevada) and Carl Humphries (P, Montreal) were also selected in the 1st round, with Connolly taken 12th overall and Humphries being selected 28th overall as the 10th supplemental pick.

Bint was immediately placed at Short Season A level CFB Borden Black Bears, where he played 11 games, hitting .295. He was promoted quickly to A-level Green Bay Rockets, where he won a Calf League Player of the Week award.

Strikeouts and strike zone recognition continued to be a challenge for Bint, but nevertheless he was rapidly promoted through the Motorheads farm system and finished the 2018 season with a handful of AA and AAA-level games.

In the winter of 2019, Bint was assigned to the Melbourne Gold Rush, in the Bull Oceanic Winter League, where he batted .299 and banged out 7 homers, and won a BOWL championship. He was a Platinum Stick award winner at first base and finished 3rd in MVP voting for the winter league's 2019 session.

A non-roster invitee to that year's Spring Training season, Bint would be named #1 prospect on Opening Day, but was not yet assigned to the Motorheads roster. He began the season at the AA-level Chilliwack Orbitz, where his power began to develop. He was named a Player of the Week in April, but by May he had been called up to the Motorheads.

Bull League career

As the league's top prospect all eyes were on Bint. He did not disappoint, as his developing power gave him a season total of 34 home runs in just 119 games with Detroit in 2019. After a phenomenal August, he was named LL Rookie of the Month. His defensive skills shone brightly as well, allowing just 8 errors in 1,056 total chances, over 1,026.2 innings, for a .992 fielding percentage. By the end of the year, he stood head and shoulders above the other rookies in the LL, and was voted Rookie of the Year.

In 2020, Bint looked to continue to build on his progress and was selected to his first All-Star Game, where he homered and was named All-Star MVP.

References

  1. 1B Payton 'Big P' Bint #17. BNN. http://bullleague.org/public_html/bull-league/reports/html/players/player_11302.html. May 6, 2020. Accessed: June 17, 2019.