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Shervyen Newton

Born: 04/24/1999 (Age: 20)
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4" Weight: 209
Primary Position: 2B
Secondary Position: SS
Wiry strong frame with high waist, currently in the process of growing into frame. The position he ends up settling on will have a lot to do with how completely he fills out. Still a middle-infielder for the moment, but could profile at third or right if he adds the max amount of weight that his frame can hold.
Evaluator Ben Spanier
Report Date 08/14/2019
Dates Seen 7/5-6, 7/31-8/2
Affiliate Columbia Fireflies (Low A, Mets)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2022 Very High 50 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 45 Smooth, composed swing without extra movement in the load. Definitely has a quick enough bat to catch up to good fastballs and when he's going well he covers everything. The off-speed pitch recognition is concerning, however, and there is some natural swing and miss with his long arms. Better contact hitter from the right side.
Power 60 Easy pop he doesn't have to sell out for, especially from the left side. Already has above average power and it projects clearly plus as he continues to fill out. Mostly pull-side at present when he looks to drive and showed for me both deep gap power and well over the fence power that way.
Baserunning/Speed 50 Decent runner underway, really digs it out on grounders and will glide first-to-third with long strides.
Glove 55 Currently spending most of his time at second in deference to Ronny Mauricio, and he is above-average there, but I really like him at short. He gets a good first step left or right as well as running in on the ball, with soft hands and good actions. He's played some third as well this season and though I wasn't there I can see it as a fit given the body type and arm strength.
Arm 55 Arm is above-average from multiple angles and plays very well at short; doesn't typically have to take it out of the holster at second.

Could be a better-than-average player in the Major Leagues if everything breaks right, but that is a tough call to make. He's presently more than solid at short, but could grow out of the position if he fills out as much as he might. Definitely looks the part of a third baseman or even a right-fielder and while he has the power for that profile, this would place considerable pressure on a hit tool that is anything but certain. Between the questions with the hit and the uncertain positional profile, there is a lot of risk here. He's far from a lost cause, though, and the upside is pretty big.

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