He has a rep as a pure hitter who's tough to whiff with good speed & range, tho time will tell if he has the arm to stay at short. He won the Cape Cod batting title twice (the league's only back-to-back winner), but he has no power to speak of. Some scouting reports say that's because he has such a wide stance and closing it up should unlock at least some gap power. Newman plays the game hard ("scrappy" comes up a lot) and is considered a smart ballplayer and team leader type.
He's the second straight SS the Pirates have taken #1 (Cole Tucker was selected last year, #24 overall) and the fifth taken in the draft, which was particularly deep at the position this year.
|Kevin Newman (photo - Arizona Athletics)|
- OF Ian Happ of Mt. Lebanon HS and the U of Cincinnati was taken ninth by the Cubs. He's the first first-round pick to come out of Cincy, Josh Harrison's alma mater.