Kevin Newman
Kevin Newman
25-Year-Old ShortstopSS
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
$Signed with the Pirates in June 2015.
Ready for second season
SSPittsburgh Pirates
February 15, 2019
Barring a late acquisition, Newman is expected to either start at shortstop or serve as a backup middle infielder heading into the 2019 campaign.
ANALYSIS
The 2015 first-round draft pick will compete with newcomer Erik Gonzalez for the starting shortstop spot. "He's a different guy this spring than we saw last September," general manager Neal Huntington said. Newman lost 15 pounds during the course of last summer and was likely physically sapped by the time he made his major-league debut in August. Since then, he's worked with the team's nutrition director to help him maintain his weight. Newman slashed .302/.350/.407 at Triple-A and stole a career-high 28 bases in 39 attempts. While he disappointed during his short time in Pittsburgh -- he hit .209 in 91 at-bats with zero steals -- the 25-year-old holds a .288 career batting average in the minor leagues.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+114%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+114%
OPS vs LHP
2017
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2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .866 16 2 0 1 0 .357 .438 .429
Since 2016vs Right .405 81 5 0 5 0 .182 .210 .195
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
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+56%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+56%
OPS on Road
2017
No Stats
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .349 32 2 0 1 0 .161 .188 .161
Since 2016Away .544 65 5 0 5 0 .233 .277 .267
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
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 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
0.17
 
BB Rate
4.1%
 
K Rate
23.7%
 
BABIP
.275
 
ISO
.022
 
AVG
.209
 
OBP
.247
 
SLG
.231
 
OPS
.478
 
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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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Competing for top shortstop gig
SSPittsburgh Pirates
January 29, 2019
Manager Clint Hurdle indicated Newman would compete with Erik Gonzalez for the Pirates' starting shortstop job during spring training, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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Not in Saturday's lineup
SSPittsburgh Pirates
September 29, 2018
Newman is out of the lineup against the Reds on Saturday.
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Day off Thursday
SSPittsburgh Pirates
September 27, 2018
Newman is not in the starting nine versus the Cubs on Thursday.
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Out of lineup Sunday
SSPittsburgh Pirates
September 23, 2018
Newman is not starting Sunday against the Brewers.
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Situated on bench
SSPittsburgh Pirates
September 18, 2018
Newman is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Royals.
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