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Kevin Newman

Kevin Newman

SS | B/T: R/R | 6' 0" 195 | Age: 26
Draft: 2015 (Rd: 1, #19, Pittsburgh Pirates) - Arizona
Poway, CA USA
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 531 493 61 152 12 64 16 .308 .353 .446 .800
2 Seasons 628 584 68 171 12 70 16 .293 .337 .413 .750
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .308 12 64 16 .800
2 Seasons .293 12 70 16 .750

Standard MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2018 PIT NL 31 97 91 7 19 2 0 0 6 4 23 0 1 1 .209 .247 .231 .478
2019 PIT NL 130 531 493 61 152 20 6 12 64 28 62 16 8 7 .308 .353 .446 .800
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Advanced MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGPATBLOBSACSFBABIPXBHGIDPGIDPONPP/PAK/PAHR/PABB/KISOROEWO
2018 PIT NL 97 21 41 0 1 .275 2 2 11 329 3.39 .237 .000 .174 .022 .022 0
2019 PIT NL 531 220 197 2 1 .333 38 5 62 1882 3.54 .117 .023 .452 .138 .138 4

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 30 | Run: 55 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50

The Pirates' first selection in the 2015 Draft, Newman came out of the University of Arizona known for his ability to make contact and hit for average. He's largely lived up to that billing, hitting .320 in his first full season of pro ball and then .302 in Triple-A in '18, after a bit of a down year, en route to making his big league debut, where he seemed overmatched in a small sample size.

Newman has maintained the ability to consistently put the ball in play throughout his pro career, keeping his Minor League strikeout rates extremely low at every stop. He's also not drawn a ton of walks, but that's not as big of a concern if he can continue to swing at good pitches given that as a leadoff type hitter with no power, pitchers are likely to come right at him and working counts could put him behind easily. Newman will never be a power hitter, but being able to impact the ball with more authority and spray line drives to all fields -- he has extremely high ground ball rates -- will help him find a modicum of success in the big leagues.

Newman runs well and is reliable at shortstop, his primary position, but his range and arm look better on the right side of second base. He's likely to yield the premium position to Cole Tucker when he's ready, and second base is crowded with Adam Frazier in Pittsburgh and Kevin Kramer waiting in the wings, so a career as a utility type might be his floor.


Statcast - Batting

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2018 329 69 1 1.4 83.5 5.7 .231 .288 .211 .243 .298 17.4 23.7 4.1
2019 1882 434 9 2.1 84.7 8.1 .291 .389 .340 .312 .327 24.4 11.7 5.3
ALL 2211 503 10 2.0 84.6 7.8 .281 .373 .320 .301 .323 23.4 13.5 5.1
MLB 40553 6.3 87.5 11.2 .251 .412 .317 .318 .371 34.5 21.7 8.3

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Transactions

Team Date Transaction
05/04/2019 Pittsburgh Pirates activated SS Kevin Newman from the 10-day injured list.
04/23/2019 Pittsburgh Pirates sent 2B Kevin Newman on a rehab assignment to Indianapolis Indians.
04/11/2019 Pittsburgh Pirates placed 2B Kevin Newman on the 10-day injured list retroactive to April 9, 2019. Right middle finger laceration.
08/16/2018 Pittsburgh Pirates selected the contract of 2B Kevin Newman from Indianapolis Indians.
01/22/2018 Pittsburgh Pirates invited non-roster SS Kevin Newman to spring training.
07/20/2017 2B Kevin Newman assigned to Indianapolis Indians from Altoona Curve.
01/09/2017 Pittsburgh Pirates invited non-roster SS Kevin Newman to spring training.
06/18/2016 SS Kevin Newman assigned to Altoona Curve from Bradenton Marauders.
06/14/2016 Bradenton Marauders activated SS Kevin Newman from the 7-day disabled list.
05/27/2016 Bradenton Marauders placed SS Kevin Newman on the 7-day disabled list. Left Orbital Fracture
04/05/2016 SS Kevin Newman assigned to Bradenton Marauders from West Virginia Power.
08/09/2015 SS Kevin Newman assigned to West Virginia Power from West Virginia Black Bears.
06/15/2015 Pittsburgh Pirates signed SS Kevin Newman.