By Jason Shetler
On Friday, Ben Badler of Baseball America came out with a list of the Top 20 New York-Penn League prospects. Kevin Newman was ranked in the Top 10 at #7. Unlike the Gulf Coast League, the NYPL didn’t have too many impact performers.
Newman was the Pirates first round selection in this year’s draft out of the University of Arizona. The 22-year-old shortstop struggled at the plate with the West Virginia Black Bears where he hit .226 along with a .620 OPS in 38 games played. Defensively, he handled himself very well, as he posted a .963 fielding percentage. Newman was promoted to the West Virginia Power in August and performed better there, batting .306 with an OPS of .743 in 23 games. He could begin next season with the Bradenton Marauders.