Shervyen Newton
20-Year-Old ShortstopSS
2019 Fantasy Outlook
If Newton's strikeout rate in the Appalachian League (31.6 K%) had been in line with his mark across two seasons in the Dominican Summer League (19.7 K%), he would be one of the most exciting infield prospects in the minors. An athletic, 19-year-old switch hitter with a classic power hitter's frame (6-foot-4, 180 pounds) and elite bat speed, Newton is only scratching the surface of his massive homer potential. His 17.3 BB% ranked third in the Appy League and his 14.0% swinging-strike rate was not unreasonable given his age and raw power, so it's a matter of him being overly patient, rather than a hitter flailing at every good breaking ball he sees. His 26.0% line-drive rate and ability to use the whole field (42.4 Pull%) give him a chance to hit for a relatively high batting average if he can cut down on the strikeouts. Born in the Netherlands before moving to Curacao, Newton has the tools to break out as one of the top minor-league sluggers in his full-season debut. Read Past Outlooks
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Fans three times in debut
SSNew York Mets  A
April 23, 2019
Newton (shoulder) went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his first game with Low-A Columbia on Monday.
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It surely wasn't the full-season debut Newton had in mind, but the most important thing is that he's healthy and active after missing the start of the minor-league season due to a shoulder injury. Newton, 19, projects for a ton of power long term as he fills out his 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame. His main focus this season should be working on putting bat to ball with more consistency.
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Opening season on IL
SSNew York Mets  A
Shoulder
April 4, 2019
Newton will begin the minor-league season on the injured list due to a minor shoulder injury, Michael Mayer of MetsMerized reports.
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Assigned to Low-A
SSNew York Mets  A
April 4, 2019
Newton will begin the season with Low-A Columbia, Mike Rosenbaum of MLB.com reports.
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