Rayborn, 6-foot-3, was taken in the 34th round of the draft last summer and received a $250,000 signing bonus from the Padres, signing in a hotel on Sunday evening. Rayborn throws a fastball, curve and change with a developing slider.
He had signed a letter of intent to play at Ole Miss, but could not pass up the opportunity.
Christopher Rayborn will fly out to Peoria Arizona for a June 12 minicamp and will be start playing in the Rookie League on the 19th of June.
The Padres also gave Rayborn $25,000 for school, and he can receive up to $7,500 if he makes it to the major leagues. The bonus money will be given in different increments to Rayborn for each level he rises in the organization.
The Short Season League will play 70 games in 77 days. He will be part of a five man starting rotation. Rayborn is also scheduled to play in the Instructional League after the season ends.
In two seasons with Meridian Community College, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound hurler compiled a 19-5 record.
Rayborn posted a 2.17 ERA in 2003 and a 2.87 ERA this season. He struck out 156 batters during his career, making 28 starts and pitching 163.1 innings over the last two years.
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