Future Watch: Kevin Newman Baseball Rookie Cards, Pirates – Kevin Newman was a first round selection in the 2015 MLB Draft as the 19th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates. This right-handed hitting shortstop who hails from he great state of California has a very bright future. In three years at the University of Arizona he hit way over .300, his last season he hit a staggering .370. He drove in around 35 runs a season and stole double digits every year including 22 in his final season there. He rarely strikes out either getting a hit, walk, or got hit by a pitch. His on-base percentage was well over .360 during his tenure with the team. His last season he had a .426 OBP. That’s special at any level.
In rookie ball his numbers dropped significantly. He still hit .306 in his second stop and he did hit a few homers. His fielding is excellent so it would appear the Pirates have a solid major league hopeful in their system which has been historically strong.
Kevin Newman’s first MLB licensed autographed baseball card debuted with the release of 2015 Bowman Draft Baseball, card number BCA-KN.
Here’s a good look at his solid fielding, strong arm and sweet swing as he warms up:
According to his MLB.com draft profile:
Newman has outstanding strike zone knowledge with a a penchant for spraying line drives all over the field. The question with Newman is what else he’ll bring to the table in pro ball. His contact-oriented approach results in little power. Putting the ball in play so easily also cuts down on his walks, and with average speed, it remains to be seen how much offense he provides beyond his batting average. ETA 2018
At 22 years old, he’s close to the bigs. Keep an eye out for him.