Mark Charles Teixeira was born on April 11, 1980 in Annapolis, Maryland.
Mark is 6’3”, weighs 220 pounds, is a switch hitter, and throws right.
High SchoolMark grew up in Severna Park, Maryland. He attended Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore, Maryland, where he played for the school’s varsity baseball team.
CollegeMark was chosen in the ninth round of the MLB amateur draft by the Boston Red Sox in 1998, straight out of high school. He chose not to sign with the Red Sox, however, and went on to play college baseball for Georgia Tech. In 2001, his batting average was .427. He won the Dick Howser Trophy as the national Collegiate baseball player of the year.
Minor LeaguesIn 2001, Mark re-entered the draft. He was selected by the Rangers with the fifth overall pick.