Kevin Newman

Kevin Newman

29-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Cincinnati Reds
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Newman had relatively high expectations given his status as the 19th overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft. He had a promising first full season in the big leagues in 2019, but he has since struggled to find a carrying tool. In theory, that's his ability to make consistent contact, but his career 11.7 percent strikeout rate has translated to just a .260 average. That's caused by his lack of barrels and hard contact, as he has only 20 home runs across 1,663 career plate appearances - translating to just a .096 ISO. Newman does boast some speed, but he has 14 combined stolen bases across the last three seasons and is 30-for-43 on the basepaths for his career. An offseason trade to the Reds also doesn't do him any favors, as Jonathan India and Jose Barrero are likely to start the season at Newman's natural positions of second and third base, respectively. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.662 million contract with the Reds in January of 2023.
Settles with Cincy
SSCincinnati Reds
January 13, 2023
Newman signed a one-year, $2.662 million contract with the Reds on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Newman turned in his best season at the plate since 2019, hitting .274 over 288 at-bats last year. However, walks and extra-base hits were few and far between for the 29-year-old infielder, limiting him to a .688 OPS. He will most likely be used as the Reds' everyday shortstop in 2023, but his offensive production is unlikely to surge.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
13
8
4
7
5
1
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
19
3
5
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+24%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+37%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+52%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .699 317 37 4 23 4 .273 .322 .377
Since 2020vs Right .565 718 56 4 51 10 .226 .265 .299
2022vs Left .837 104 12 0 9 3 .361 .404 .433
2022vs Right .611 205 19 2 16 5 .230 .271 .340
2021vs Left .602 177 20 3 9 1 .221 .259 .344
2021vs Right .561 377 30 2 30 5 .229 .267 .294
2020vs Left .768 36 5 1 5 0 .276 .389 .379
2020vs Right .504 136 7 0 5 0 .213 .252 .252
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+23%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .635 518 54 4 46 6 .245 .290 .345
Since 2020Away .576 517 39 4 27 8 .236 .275 .300
2022Home .718 145 18 2 16 3 .267 .310 .407
2022Away .661 164 13 0 8 5 .281 .321 .340
2021Home .601 278 29 2 23 3 .233 .274 .327
2021Away .548 276 21 3 16 3 .219 .255 .292
2020Home .608 95 7 0 7 0 .244 .305 .302
2020Away .493 77 5 1 3 0 .200 .250 .243
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Stat Review
How does Kevin Newman compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.33
 
BB Rate
5.2%
 
K Rate
15.5%
 
BABIP
.322
 
ISO
.097
 
AVG
.274
 
OBP
.316
 
SLG
.372
 
OPS
.687
 
wOBA
.305
 
Exit Velocity
85.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
21.0%
 
Barrels/PA
1.3%
 
Expected BA
.260
 
Expected SLG
.332
 
Sprint Speed
24.1 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
42.7%
 
Line Drive %
25.9%
 
Fly Ball %
31.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
Newman posted a 109 wRC+ during his first full big-league campaign in 2019, but over the past two seasons he's slashed .226/.268/.302 with six home runs, 49 RBI and six stolen bases in 192 games. The 28-year-old is a high-contact hitter (career 10.9 percent strikeout rate and 5.2 percent walk rate), but his propensity for hitting groundballs (47.5 percent) limits his upside for fantasy purposes. Newman should still receive plenty of opportunities given Pittsburgh's options in the middle infield, but he'll need to drive the ball more in order to regain fantasy relevance.
Newman came up as a quick high-contact hitter throughout the minor leagues who relied upon his bat-to-ball skills and his feet to produce runs. He looked overmatched in 2018, but surprised us all with a rather productive, too-good-to-be-true offensive line in 2019. We all expected some regression for Newman in 2020, but not the fall back to square one of his career. Newman still excelled in his batted-ball skills, but the outcomes off his bat were rarely productive as he had six extra-base hits on the season and the final slash line means he likely hits eighth or ninth in the 2021 lineup, depending on whether the universal DH goes into hiatus in the senior circuit. He has eligibility at both middle infield spots, but it's difficult to view him as more than a MI option in NL-only leagues and free-agent fodder in mixed leagues unless the stolen bases resurface.
Newman flashed good bat-to-ball skills in the minors, but an otherwise meager profile made it difficult to be bullish about his fantasy prospects entering 2019. The Pirates supported that view by first giving Erik Gonzalez and Cole Tucker trials as the primary shortstop, but Newman seized the role in late May and didn't look back. From June 1 onward, Newman hit .301 with 11 homers, 15 steals, 54 runs and 51 RBI, making him found gold for those who poached him off the wire. The Statcast readings create doubt about his chances to repeat as a double-digit home-run hitter -- he ranked in the bottom fifth percentile of hitters in both exit velocity and hard-hit percentage -- but a .291 xBA adds some legitimacy to his actual output in that category. Perhaps more importantly, his role as the team's leadoff man should continue to afford him plenty of running chances in spite of his non-elite speed.
The jump to the highest level of professional baseball proved tough for Newman. However, those struggles shouldn't define his season. His much larger body of work at Triple-A Indianapolis was impressive, even for a 24-year-old at that level. His carrying tool was on full display as Newman struck out just 10.5% of the time and hit over .300. Newman also swiped 28 bases in his 109 games with the team's top affiliate, though he's not a true burner. He had never managed more than 13 steals in a season prior to 2018, he was caught on the basepaths 11 times in his 39 attempts last season and his 29 ft/sec sprint speed per Statcast, while good, did not rank among the elite. The big negative with Newman is the lack of power. He's topped out at five home runs in a season and his ISO has topped out at .128. Jordy Mercer moved on in free agency, seemingly creating an opening for Newman, but he'll have to nail down a starting job in spring training.
The problem with betting on an older hitter with a presumed plus hit tool and little else, is that when the hit tool doesn't quite deliver as promised, there's not much left. That was the case for Newman in 2017, and he has now failed to hit .290 or better during multiple stints at Double-A and a 40-game run at Triple-A to close out last season. The power probably isn't coming at this point, and he is no longer a plus runner or even an above-average defender at shortstop. This points to a future as either a bottom tier everyday player or a low-impact utility infielder. Newman is entering his age-24 season and figures to make his MLB debut this year, but there's just not much to see here from a fantasy perspective.
Newman is arguably Pittsburgh's most promising middle-infield prospect. After playing well for more than half of a season for Double-A Altoona, he will likely move to Triple-A Indianapolis in 2017. That would set himself up for a major-league debut in September or 2018. The 23-year-old University of Arizona product began 2016 with High-A Bradenton. He hit .366/.428/.494 in 189 plate appearances before earning a promotion to Altoona. While his numbers dropped off (.288/.361/.378), he maintained his plate discipline with a 26:24 BB:K. Defensively, he committed only two errors in 257 chances. The only real knock on Newman is his lack of power. He's totaled seven homers in two seasons. Still, he's positioned himself well as a solid batting-average prospect with a major league future on tap.
Although Newman didn’t meet with immediate success in the NYPL — he slashed .226/.281/.340 in 173 PA — an injury to fellow shortstop prospect, Cole Tucker, prompted the Pirates to promote Newman to Low-A West Virginia. Surprisingly, the 2015 first-round pick produced better offense for the Power than he did for the Black Bears. He batted .306 with a .743 OPS in 110 PA. Prior to the draft, Newman was thought to be further advanced defensively than at the plate. He’ll look to build upon a good foundation in 2016.
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Traded to Cincinnati
SSCincinnati Reds
November 18, 2022
The Pirates traded Newman to the Reds on Friday in exchange for right-hander Dauri Moreta.
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Nine-game hitting streak
SSPittsburgh Pirates
September 27, 2022
Newman went 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored Monday against the Reds.
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Piling up steals
SSPittsburgh Pirates
September 24, 2022
Newman went 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base Friday against the Cubs.
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Slugs second homer
SSPittsburgh Pirates
September 23, 2022
Newman went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Thursday against the Cubs.
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Swipes bag in return
SSPittsburgh Pirates
September 20, 2022
Newman went 2-for-5 with a stolen base Tuesday against the Yankees.
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