By Jason Shetler
According to Kevin Newman’s Twitter account, he has been promoted from High A Bradenton to AA Altoona.
Newman was the Pirates first round choice in last year’s MLB Draft. The 22-year-old shortstop was off to a blistering start to 2016 for the Marauders, until an orbital injury on May 26th put him on the disabled list. Cole Tucker, another former first round pick, was promoted to Bradenton shortly after to replace Newman.
A few days ago, Newman was activated from the DL, and picked up where he left off, recording four hits on Wednesday and a five RBI performance on Thursday. Prior to the promotion, he led the Florida State League with a .366 average and a .922 OPS. The promotion to Altoona comes as no surprise, as not only was he tearing it up in the FSL, but also, it allows Tucker to be the regular shortstop for Bradenton.