Kevin Newman
Kevin Newman
26-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Pittsburgh Pirates
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.
Hits walkoff homer
2BPittsburgh Pirates
September 27, 2019
Newman went 2-for-4 with a walkoff home run, five RBI and a walk during a 6-5 victory against the Reds on Friday.
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The 26-year-old delivered his fourth walkoff moment (one was an actual walk) of the season with a two-run blast in the ninth. Newman came into the night with just one home run at home this year, but his two long balls propelled the Pirates to a fifth straight win. Newman is batting .310 with 12 home runs, 64 RBI, 61 runs and 16 steals in 484 at-bats this season.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
45
1
29
7
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
29
1
1
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+13%
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 .743 155 23 1 6 2 .293 .357 .386
Since 2017vs Right .752 473 45 11 64 14 .293 .331 .421
2019vs Left .729 139 21 1 5 2 .286 .348 .381
2019vs Right .824 392 40 11 59 14 .316 .355 .469
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
 
 
+27%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+31%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+56%
OPS on Road
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .659 310 32 3 31 8 .257 .314 .345
Since 2017Away .836 318 36 9 39 8 .327 .360 .477
2019Home .696 278 30 3 30 8 .269 .329 .368
2019Away .910 253 31 9 34 8 .350 .381 .529
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.45
 
BB Rate
5.3%
 
K Rate
11.7%
 
BABIP
.333
 
ISO
.138
 
AVG
.308
 
OBP
.353
 
SLG
.446
 
OPS
.800
 
wOBA
.351
 
Exit Velocity
85.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
26.7%
 
Barrels/PA
1.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Not part of Sunday's lineup
2BPittsburgh Pirates
September 22, 2019
Newman is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers.
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Strong finish continues
2BPittsburgh Pirates
September 20, 2019
Newman went 2-for-6 with an RBI single in Thursday's loss to Seattle.
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Collects three hits
2BPittsburgh Pirates
September 14, 2019
Newman went 3-for-5 with a triple and a double in a 14-1 defeat by the Cubs on Saturday.
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Out of Thursday's lineup
2BPittsburgh Pirates
September 12, 2019
Newman is not in Thursday's lineup against the Giants.
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Steals 14th base
2BPittsburgh Pirates
September 7, 2019
Newman went 1-for-4 with a run and stolen base in a 10-1 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday.
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