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Birth Date8-4-1993
Height6' 1"
Weight180 lbs
Age24 years, 3 months, 13 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP

Statistics for All Levels

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2015 WVA A 23 110 .289 .262 .323 .379 .270 .333 97 3.2 3.0 1.4 0.3 -0.4 7.3 0.8 7.3 0.8
2015 WEV A- 38 173 .260 .246 .313 .338 .253 .252 105 0 4.8 2.2 -6.3 -1.0 5.9 -0.0 5.9 -0.0
2016 BRD A+ 41 189 .355 .248 .310 .350 .248 .375 98 19.3 5.4 2 1.4 1.4 28.1 3.0 28.1 3.0
2016 ALT AA 61 268 .268 .266 .328 .406 .265 .308 109 2.1 7.2 3.2 0.3 2.3 14.8 1.6 14.8 1.6
2017 ALT AA 82 375 .254 .258 .322 .399 .264 .282 100 -2.2 10.2 4.7 1.2 1.4 14.0 1.6 14.0 1.6
2017 IND AAA 40 178 .251 .267 .331 .405 .259 .324 95 -1.8 5.4 2.4 0.4 -1.3 4.7 0.5 4.7 0.5

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2015 WVA A 110 14 30 4 1 0 8 9 8 6 1 .306 .376 .367 .061 .289 7.3 0.3 0.8
2015 WEV A- 173 25 36 10 1 2 9 10 22 7 1 .226 .281 .340 .113 .260 5.9 -6.3 -0.0
2016 ALT AA 268 41 67 11 2 2 28 26 24 6 3 .288 .361 .378 .090 .268 14.8 0.3 1.6
2016 BRD A+ 189 24 60 10 1 3 24 17 12 4 1 .366 .428 .494 .128 .355 28.1 1.4 3.0
2017 IND AAA 178 23 47 11 2 0 11 7 22 7 1 .283 .314 .373 .090 .251 4.7 0.4 0.5
2017 ALT AA 375 42 89 18 2 4 30 22 40 4 2 .259 .310 .359 .099 .254 14.0 1.2 1.6

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This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of August 28Steve Givarz2017-08-29
This article requires BP Premium accessWeekly Wrap: July 21, 2017Javier Barragan2017-07-21
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This article requires BP Premium accessEyewitness Accounts: June 15, 2017BP Prospect Staff2017-06-15
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: 11-player updateBen Carsley2017-06-14
Eyewitness Accounts: June 8, 2017BP Prospect Staff2017-06-08
This article requires BP Premium accessWeekly Wrap: May 12, 2017Javier Barragan2017-05-12
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of April 10thSteve Givarz2017-04-11
Looking Back on Tomorrow: Pittsburgh PiratesRob Mains2017-03-14
BP Experts Prospect Mock Draft: Rounds 9-10BP Fantasy Staff2017-03-10
BP Experts Prospect Mock Draft: Rounds 5-6BP Fantasy Staff2017-03-08
TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 82: Top 101 Dynasty Prospects ListBret Sayre2017-02-24
TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 82: Top 101 Dynasty Prospects ListGeorge Bissell2017-02-24
TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 82: Top 101 Dynasty Prospects ListCraig Goldstein2017-02-24
TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 82: Top 101 Dynasty Prospects ListBen Carsley2017-02-24
2017 Prospects: The Top 101 Dynasty League ProspectsBen Carsley2017-02-23
2017 Prospects: The Top 101 Dynasty League ProspectsBret Sayre2017-02-23
Liner Notes: NRI Watch: National LeagueBryan Grosnick2017-02-15
2017 Prospects: The Top 101 Prospects of 2017BP Prospect Staff2017-02-13
2017 Prospects: The Top 101 Prospects of 2017Jeffrey Paternostro2017-02-13
2017 Prospects: The Top 101 Prospects, Sliced and DicedRob McQuown2017-02-13
Dynasty League Positional Rankings: The Top 50 ShortstopsBret Sayre2017-02-09
Get to Know: Shortstop ProspectsBen Carsley2017-02-08
Fantasy Three-Year Projections: ShortstopGreg Wellemeyer2017-02-08
State of the Position: ShortstopGeorge Bissell2017-02-07
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BP Top 50: The Best Midseason ProspectsCraig Goldstein2016-07-07
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This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Monday, June 27thChristopher Crawford2016-06-28
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This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Tuesday, June 21stMark Anderson2016-06-22
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This article requires BP Premium accessEyewitness Accounts: FSL All-StarsSteve Givarz2016-06-20
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Thursday, June 16thMark Anderson2016-06-17
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, June 15thChristopher Crawford2016-06-16
This article requires BP Premium accessWeekly Wrap: June 3, 2016Will Haines2016-06-03
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTDGX Transactions: Hello NewmanGeorge Bissell2016-05-25
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of May 13-15Christopher Crawford2016-05-16
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 11thChristopher Crawford2016-05-12
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Thursday, May 5thChristopher Crawford2016-05-06
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This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, April 20thChristopher Crawford2016-04-21
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This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of April 8-10Christopher Crawford2016-04-11
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 82: A Season Preview SpectacularIan Lefkowitz2016-04-01
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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 82: A Season Preview SpectacularBen Murphy2016-04-01
Monday Morning Ten Pack: Breakout ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2016-03-21
2016 Prospects: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2016-02-17
2016 Prospects: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 ProspectsChristopher Crawford2016-02-17
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessGet to Know: Shortstop ProspectsBen Carsley2016-02-10
Dynasty League Rankings: The Top 50 Signees From 2015Bret Sayre2016-01-07
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-11-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Kevin Newman still have a future with us? Will he just be Ryan Theriot?
(Peter from Pittsburgh)
The comps I got on him this year are in the Theriotan genus, yeah. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-08-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)As the latest reports make as clear as ever, it sounds like the Pirates have given up hope that Jung Ho Kang will be able to return to the U.S. and play out his contract in Pittsburgh. If I'm reading the information correctly, that contract calls for the Pirates to pay him $3 million this year and has a team option for $5.5 million ($250k buyout) next year. First, do you know whether the Pirates have paid him any of the $3 million for this year? Second, if you're Neal Huntington and you think Kang is a lost cause, can you avoid paying even the buyout for next year, or is your move to exercise the option, on the theory that you'd want Kang if his immigration circumstances change, but that you won't have to pay him the $5.5 million if he cannot return? Third, if Kang returns to the U.S. in 2019 as a free agent, what kind of offers, if any, do you think he will receive from teams? Fourth, I will gin up a wine question to atone for a three-part question about a guy who hasn't played all year and may never play in the majors again.
(Alec Denton from Atlanta)
Alec, I will try to give you an answer as long as your question. Even longer! And thanks for asking me this one in advance--I needed to a little legwork. For those of you just tuning in, you can submit questions for BP chats in advance by just clicking on the chat at any time once it appears on the homepage. Getting your questions in early gives guys like me more time to ponder them...

Kang is on the restricted list. Players on the restricted list don't draw a salary. So no, they aren't paying him this year. I'm not sure whether his presence on the restricted list voids the buyout next year, but $250K is chump change even to Pittsburgh.

Next year and 2019 are both interesting issues. As I assume everyone reading this knows, Kang is not playing this year because he couldn't get a visa due to his legal problems. Basically, South Korea didn't want him to let him go, and the U.S. didn't want to let him in. Heck of a guy! But here's the thing: He's a good player. In 2015, he was second on the team in TAv and fourth on the team in WARP despite only 457 PAs. Last year, in fewer PAs (370) he was first in TAv and second in WARP. If he were with the Bucs, he'd play shortstop (Mercer's arb eligible next year and will a FA after the season) ane third base (Freese is a FA after next season too, unless the team picks up his $6M option). And next year Mercer will turn 32, Freese will be 35, and Kang will be 31. So there's plenty of reason for the team to want him back, if he can get a visa.

But I'll be they'll pass. I'd guess that a future with Harrison (and eventually Ke'Bryan Hayes) at third, and Kevin Newman or Cole Tucker at short is more likely to one with Kang.

So if he were to return as a 2019 FA, I think he'd get a lowball contract--a million or two?--provided he has at least some KBO or MiLB experience to back it up. As for a landing spot, who's the Oakland Raiders of MLB? The Rays? The A's? (Rob Mains)
2017-06-13 12:00:00 (link to chat)What is Kevin Newman going to be?
(Hector from Texas)
How much do you like Jordy Mercer? (Craig Goldstein)
2017-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Kevin Newman? Does he take over for Jordy Mercer in the next year or two?
(Justin from The Fieldhouse)
Newman is like the Dom Smith of shortstop prospects for me. He's fine. I get it. It's a solid major leaguer. It just doesn't excite me. But I imagine that is the timetable yes. And speaking of... (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-03-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you prefer Adames or Barreto? Shed Long or Kevin Newman?
(Chris from Baltimore)
Adames and Long. The former by a narrow margin, the latter by a larger one. I love the Reds' system. (Matthew Trueblood)
2017-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Kevin Newman a more valuable fantasy asset in a dynasty OBP/SLG league? If so how far up the [unpublished] rankings would you put him?
(Lougle from Queens)
That's more Bret and Ben's gig, but I would say he's actually probably better in a AVG league. He's not gonna hit for much power, and the walks tend to dwindle once major league arms figure that out. Hit tool is the carrying tool here. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-11-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Kevin Newman? Seems to have a very good hit tool.
(Jeb from IC)
I like him. I'm not sure whether there's star upside without more supporting tools. But he's got one of the highest floors of any of the top prospects who aren't really semi-established MLBers (like Gsellman, Benintendi, Reyes, Swanson, etc.) eligible because of our weird quirky rules. (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-11-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Kevin Newman and Austin Meadows?
(Hector from Arizona)
Newman's hit tool is legit, I just don't know if he does enough else to be more than a solid everyday guy. Meadows is a stud. I keep coming back to Christian Yelich as a comp for him. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-08-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)What can you tell me about Meadows and Newman? How good can they be in real life and in fantasy?
(Jim from Chicago)
Austin Meadows is a potential stud, offering double-digit homers and 20-plus stolen bases with a good batting average. He's probably better in real life, too, given his defensive value. Kevin Newman, on the other hand, isn't really my jam. He's a good hitter, but doesn't offer much in terms of power or speed. Those kinda guys -- in the Martin Prado mold -- are much more valuable in real life than in fantasy. Newman is a guy I'd absolutely be trying to sell high on in dynasty leagues. (J.P. Breen)
2016-08-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Austin Meadows and Kevin Newman? What are their upsides?
(Tim from NC)
The camp is a little bit split with Newman. Some scouts see a no doubt shortstop with a quality bat and some pop. Others aren't sold on his defense and think the bat is a touch light. I think he can play shortstop long term but I do think the bat is only contact oriented. He just won't hit for any power and that limits his ceiling for me. Nice player but I think the hype is a little out of control. With Meadows you're looking at a corner outfielder with a solid average to a tick above arm and some pop. He controls the zone well for a younger player but still needs to work on his plate discipline. Overall a very solid player that the Pirates are happy to have. (James Fisher)
2016-06-20 16:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Kevin Newman? Seems to have an elite hit tool.
(Jeb from Iowa City)
I would agree with you! My eyewitness on Kevin Newman just went live! (Steve Givarz)
2016-06-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Kevin Newman seems to be able to just hit, and hit, and hit. Will he shoot up prospect rankings soon?
(Tim from OK)
Kevin Newman has really opened my eyes (and some evaluators) this year. The profile is one that doesn't always succeed at the ML level but as long as the bat continues to play he will shoot up a lot of lists. (James Fisher)
2016-06-16 21:00:00 (link to chat)How deep a league before you get interested in Kevin Newman? Is it a 65 hit tool?
(Rob from Alaska)
Probably a 14 team league. Just don't see him doing much over than contributing in average. (Bret Sayre)
2016-06-21 20:00:00 (link to chat)Can you tell me a few prospects, outside the Top 101, with the highest upside for fantasy? Thanks for the chat!
(cracker73 from Florida)
Bobby Bradley, Cornelius Randolph, Kevin Newman (credit to Keith Law for nailing that on his preseason list), Frankie Montas. ANd I'm going out on a limb here, but I still like Carson Fulmer despite his atrocious walk rate. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-06-21 20:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Ke'Bryan Hayes and Kevin Newman?
(Justin from Iowa)
I like Kevin Newman a lot. He could be a 4-category producer at a premium position. As for Ke'Bryan Hayes, the fact that he's not getting dominated at low-A at age 19 speaks well for him. Beyond that, he's a long way from the majors and there's a lot that could go right, wrong, or sideways over the next few years. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-06-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Pirates have three prospects that are absolutely raking in the minors in Kevin Newman, Josh Bell, and Austin Meadows. What are the upsides for all three? Thanks.
(Jim from Denver)
I think all three could be quality everyday players, with Meadows possessing the highest ceiling as a potential All-Star. (Daniel Rathman)
2016-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Is Kevin Newman for real? Any difference between him and Trea Turner? Or do you prefer one?
(Jerry from GA)
He's probably for real. I'd like to see him against tougher competition before turning that into a "definitely for real." I see Newman as having a little more power and a little less speed if everything breaks right. I prefer Turner, but only because he's closer and I've seen more of him. (Mike Gianella)
2016-05-31 19:00:00 (link to chat)How long is Kevin Newman out for and what type of future do you see him having now?
(James from PA)
Newman went down with an orbital bone fracture and while I don't have a timeline on his recovery I would point to other guys like Giancarlo Stanton who had similar injuries. As for his future, he's shown an advanced approach at the plate with some pop. The glove is the question mark here with somewhat limited range at SS and hands that get a touch hard at times. I'm a believer in the arm and the work ethic so I would give him a chance to be a regular but most likely a backup. (James Fisher)
2016-05-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Tell us about Kevin Newman....
(Jeb from IC)
The short answer: He's dominating FSL pitching. Maybe there were concerns last year, but not at this point. (Jessica Quiroli)


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