Kevin Newman
Kevin Newman
25-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Pittsburgh Pirates
10-Day IL
Injury Finger
Est. Return 4/21/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The jump to the highest level of professional baseball proved tough for Newman. However, those struggles shouldn't define his season. His much larger body of work at Triple-A Indianapolis was impressive, even for a 24-year-old at that level. His carrying tool was on full display as Newman struck out just 10.5% of the time and hit over .300. Newman also swiped 28 bases in his 109 games with the team's top affiliate, though he's not a true burner. He had never managed more than 13 steals in a season prior to 2018, he was caught on the basepaths 11 times in his 39 attempts last season and his 29 ft/sec sprint speed per Statcast, while good, did not rank among the elite. The big negative with Newman is the lack of power. He's topped out at five home runs in a season and his ISO has topped out at .128. Jordy Mercer moved on in free agency, seemingly creating an opening for Newman, but he'll have to nail down a starting job in spring training. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed with the Pirates in June 2015.
Resumes hitting
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Finger
April 17, 2019
Newman (finger) has resumed hitting and throwing, John Perrotto of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
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Newman has been on the 10-day injured list for a little less than a week. While this is certainly a step in the right direction for the young infielder, he remains without a timetable for his return.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+92%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+114%
OPS vs LHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .833 19 2 0 1 0 .353 .421 .412
Since 2017vs Right .434 90 5 0 7 0 .188 .222 .212
2019vs Left .667 3 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333
2019vs Right .708 9 0 0 2 0 .250 .333 .375
2018vs Left .866 16 2 0 1 0 .357 .438 .429
2018vs Right .405 81 5 0 5 0 .182 .210 .195
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+24%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+61%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+56%
OPS on Road
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .436 40 2 0 3 0 .184 .225 .211
Since 2017Away .541 69 5 0 5 0 .234 .275 .266
2019Home .804 8 0 0 2 0 .286 .375 .429
2019Away .500 4 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250
2018Home .349 32 2 0 1 0 .161 .188 .161
2018Away .544 65 5 0 5 0 .233 .277 .267
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Kevin Newman compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.33
 
BB Rate
8.3%
 
K Rate
25.0%
 
BABIP
.375
 
ISO
.091
 
AVG
.273
 
OBP
.333
 
SLG
.364
 
OPS
.697
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
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 Newman in 2017, and he has now failed to hit .290 or better during multiple stints at Double-A and a 40-game run at Triple-A to close out last season. The power probably isn't coming at this point, and he is no longer a plus runner or even an above-average defender at shortstop. This points to a future as either a bottom tier everyday player or a low-impact utility infielder. Newman is entering his age-24 season and figures to make his MLB debut this year, but there's just not much to see here from a fantasy perspective.
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 didn’t meet with immediate success in the NYPL — he slashed .226/.281/.340 in 173 PA — 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. He’ll look to build upon a good foundation in 2016.
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Lands on injured list
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April 11, 2019
Newman was placed on the 10-day injured list with a laceration on his right middle finger Thursday.
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Inconsistent start
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April 10, 2019
After serving strictly as a pinch runner during the team's first four contests, Newman has made three starts in the last five games.
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Comes through in clutch
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April 6, 2019
Newman went 2-for-4 with a walkoff RBI double against the Reds on Saturday.
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Starts against Reds
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April 5, 2019
Newman made his first start of the season at shortstop Thursday, going 0-for-3 with an RBI groundout.
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Loses out in shortstop competition
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March 18, 2019
General manager Neal Huntington said Monday that Newman will open the season as a reserve middle infielder after Erik Gonzalez was named the team's starting shortstop, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
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