24-Year-Old Shortstop – Pittsburgh Pirates
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
The problem with betting on an older hitter with a presumed plus hit tool and little else, is that when the hit tool doesn't quite deliver as promised, there's not much left. That was the case for New...
Kevin Newman Contract Information:
Signed with the Pirates in June 2015.
Newman was sent down to minor-league camp Thursday, David Adler of MLB.com reports.
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Kevin Newman: Minor League Games Played By Position
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Pittsburgh Pirates Roster
MajorsBell, Josh (1B)
AAABarnes, Barrett (OF)
AAAgrazal, Dario (P)
A+Craig, Will (1B)
AAlemais, Stephen (SS)
RookieApostel, Sherten (3B)
Kevin Newman: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Newman is arguably Pittsburgh's most promising middle-infield prospect. After playing well for more than half of a season for Double-A Altoona, he will likely move to Triple-A Indianapolis in 2017. That would set himself up for a major-league debut in September or 2018. The 23-year-old University of Arizona product began 2016 with High-A Bradenton. He hit .366/.428/.494 in 189 plate appearances before earning a promotion to Altoona. While his numbers dropped off (.288/.361/.378), he maintained his plate discipline with a 26:24 BB:K. Defensively, he committed only two errors in 257 chances. The only real knock on Newman is his lack of power. He's totaled seven homers in two seasons. Still, he's positioned himself well as a solid batting-average prospect with a major league future on tap.
Although Newman didnít meet with immediate success in the NYPL ó he slashed .226/.281/.340 in 173 PA ó an injury to fellow shortstop prospect, Cole Tucker, prompted the Pirates to promote Newman to Low-A West Virginia. Surprisingly, the 2015 first-round pick produced better offense for the Power than he did for the Black Bears. He batted .306 with a .743 OPS in 110 PA. Prior to the draft, Newman was thought to be further advanced defensively than at the plate. Heíll look to build upon a good foundation in 2016.