Kevin Newman Lives Up To Hitter Pedigree

Pirates Organization Report

Kevin Newman (Photo by Mike Janes)

Kevin Newman (Photo by Mike Janes)

Best Player: It was safe to question if the Pirates made the right move in making Kevin Newman their first-round draft pick in 2015 based on his lackluster first professional season when he hit a combined .257/.318/.350 in 283 plate appearances with short season West Virginia and low Class A West Virginia.

However, Newman has lived up his pedigree as the 19th overall selection this season. He started the year with a sizzling .366/.424/.498 line in 189 plate appearances with high Class A Bradenton and followed by hitting .288/.361/.378 in 233 trips to the plate at Double-A Altoona.

Newman, 23, had also made just eight errors in 102 games, putting to rest talk that he may be better suited to play second base in the major leagues.

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