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Kevin Newman

Born: 08/04/1993 (Age: 23)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 185
Primary Position: SS
Secondary Position: 2B
Skinny, but with an athletic frame, not much muscle, don’t project him to gain anymore strength.

Mechanics: Little noise with minimal load; loose hands and body throughout the swing; has minimal leverage in his swing path and is fully balanced throughout.
Evaluator Greg Goldstein
Report Date 06/07/2017
Dates Seen 6/2/2017-6/4/2017
Affiliate Altoona Curve (AA, Pirates)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
Late 2017 Low 55 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 60 Plus barrel control; lacks leverage, line-drive approach; consistent quality contact; above-average bat speed; hands allow him to get to inside offerings or wait on pitches away; willing to hit it where it's pitched.
Power 30 Well-below-average; line-drive focus; lacks leverage and weight transfer for over-the-fence power; will have to use the gaps.
Baserunning/Speed 55 Solid-average runner; smooth movements on base paths.
Glove 55 Makes plays to both sides; range is adequate for the position; good body control and sense of timing; quick transfer.
Arm 50 Throws lack exceptional velo or carry; limits range as he can get to balls deep in hole but lacks the arm to make the throw; can stick at short at the highest level but would be more function at second.

Newman is a hitter’s hitter. He looks incredibly comfortable at the plate and will frustrate pitchers because he can barrel up pitches that hit the corners. His athletic swing in combination with his advanced hitting approach makes for a plus hitter that will do most of his damage in the yard. The lack of power limits his potential some, but he can be a competent shortstop, even though his arm plays much better at second base. He’s a safe prospect that can be an above-average major league regular, especially if he shifts positions.

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