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Kevin Newman (baseball)

Kevin Newman
Pittsburgh Pirates
Shortstop
Born: (1993-08-04) August 4, 1993
Poway, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Kevin Bradley Newman (born August 4, 1993) is an American college baseball for the Arizona Wildcats of the University of Arizona, before the Pirates selected him in the first round of the 2015 MLB Draft.

Career

Newman graduated from Poway High School in Poway, California. He made the school's varsity baseball team in his sophomore year. Newman had a .404 batting average in his junior year, and was pursued by the University of Arizona, University of Oregon, and the University of California, Los Angeles. He committed to attend Arizona on a college baseball scholarship to play for the Arizona Wildcats baseball team.[1]

Newman succeeded Alex Mejia as the Wildcats' starting shortstop as a freshman.[2] In his freshman year, Newman had a .336 batting average, the 11th best in the Pacific-12 Conference (Pac-12). He was named to the Freshman All-America team by Louisville Slugger,[3][4] and was the only freshman named to the All-Pacific-12 Conference team.[5] He had a .304 batting average as a sophomore, and was again named to the Pac-12's All-Conference team.[6] He was added to the Golden Spikes Award watch list before his junior year.[7] Newman also played summer collegiate baseball for the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League in the summers of 2013 and 2014, winning the league's batting average title in both years.[8] In 2015, Newman was named to the All-Pacific 12 Conference team.[9]

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Newman in the first round, with the 19th overall selection, of the 2015 MLB Draft.[10] He signed with the Pirates and reported to the West Virginia Black Bears of the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League to make his professional debut.[11] The Pirates promoted Newman to the West Virginia Power of the Class A South Atlantic League in August.[12]

References

  1. ^ Michael Bower. "Prep baseball: Poway High's Newman commits to University of Arizona". Pomerado News. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ Daniel Berk Arizona Daily Star. "Arizona baseball: Newman's bat 'pleasant surprise' for UA". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  3. ^ Daniel Berk. "UA baseball: Newman has tools to be a 'dude' for Cats this spring". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  4. ^ Damien Alameda (June 5, 2013). "Kevin Newman Named Freshman All-American". nbc12.com. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  5. ^ Michael Bower. "Alumni Report: Poway High grad Newman turns in solid year for Arizona". Pomerado News. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  6. ^ Daniel Berk. "Arizona Wildcats baseball: Newman and Kingery named to all-conference team". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  7. ^ "KVOA - KVOA.com - Tucson, Arizona - Arizona baseball's Kevin Newman named to Golden Spikes Award wat". kvoa.com. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  8. ^ azcentral sports news sources (August 6, 2014). "Kevin Newman wins Cape Cod League batting title". azcentral. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  9. ^ Richie Melby (June 6, 2015). "KVOA - KVOA.com - Tucson, Arizona - Kevin Newman patiently awaiting MLB Draft". kvoa.com. Retrieved June 9, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Pirates draft shortstop Kevin Newman 19th overall". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 8, 2015. Retrieved June 9, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Pirates sign top pick Kevin Newman".  
  12. ^ Charlie Wilmoth. "Pirates promote Kevin Newman to West Virginia Power". Bucs Dugout. 

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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