Kevin Newman
Newman with the Altoona Curve in 2017
Arizona Diamondbacks – No. 9
Shortstop / Second baseman
Born: (1993-08-04) August 4, 1993 (age 30)
Poway, California, U.S.
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 16, 2018, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
(through 2023 season)
Batting average.259
Home runs23
Runs batted in171

Kevin Bradley Newman (born August 4, 1993) is an American professional baseball shortstop in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He has previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds. Newman played college baseball for the Arizona Wildcats of the University of Arizona, before the Pirates selected him in the first round of the 2015 MLB draft.

Amateur career

Newman graduated from Poway High School in Poway, California. He made the school's varsity baseball team in his sophomore year. Newman had a .404 batting average in his junior year, and was pursued by the University of Arizona, University of Oregon, and the University of California, Los Angeles. He committed to attend Arizona on a college baseball scholarship to play for the Arizona Wildcats baseball team.[1]

Newman succeeded Alex Mejia as the Wildcats' starting shortstop as a freshman.[2] In his freshman year, Newman had a .336 batting average, the 11th best in the Pac-12 Conference (Pac-12). He was named to the Freshman All-America team by Louisville Slugger,[3][4] and was the only freshman named to the All-Pac-12 Conference team.[5] He had a .304 batting average as a sophomore, and was again named to the Pac-12's All-Conference team.[6] He was added to the Golden Spikes Award watch list before his junior year.[7] Newman also played summer collegiate baseball for the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) in the summers of 2013 and 2014, winning the league's batting average title in both years, and the league MVP award in 2014.[8][9][10] He was named to the CCBL Hall of Fame in 2020.[11] In 2015, Newman was named to the All-Pac-12 Conference team.[12]

Professional career

Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Newman in the first round, with the 19th overall selection, of the 2015 MLB draft.[13][14] He signed with the Pirates and reported to the West Virginia Black Bears of the Low-A New York–Penn League to make his professional debut.[15] The Pirates promoted Newman to the West Virginia Power of the Single-A South Atlantic League in August.[16] In 61 combined games between the two teams, he posted a .257 batting average with two home runs, 17 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. He began the 2016 season with the Bradenton Marauders of the High-A Florida State League,[17] and was later promoted to the Altoona Curve of the Double-A Eastern League; in 102 total games, he batted .320 with five home runs and 52 RBIs. In 2017, he played for both Altoona and the Indianapolis Indians of the Triple-A International League, batting a combined .267 with four home runs, 41 RBIs and a .675 OPS in 122 total games.[18] ranked Newman as Pittsburgh's seventh-best prospect going into the 2018 season.[19] He played 102 games for Indianapolis, batting .302, before the Pirates promoted him to the major leagues on August 16.[20]

On April 6, 2019, Newman hit his first walk-off, a single to help the Pirates defeat the Cincinnati Reds 6–5 in 10 innings. In 2019 he batted .308/.353/.446, tied for the National League lead in infield hits (22), and led the NL in at bats per strikeout (8.0).[21]

In 2020 for Pittsburgh, Newman slashed .224/.281/.276 with 1 home run and 10 RBIs.[22] In 2021 he batted .226/.265/.309, and had the lowest OPS in the major leagues, at .574. However, he also led the major leagues in at bats per strikeout (12.6).

Newman began the 2022 season on the injured list with a groin injury, and was placed on the 60-day injured list on May 23 after suffering a hamstring-related setback while rehabbing with Triple-A Indianapolis.[23] He was activated on July 8.[24]

Cincinnati Reds

On November 18, 2022, the Pirates traded Newman to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Dauri Moreta.[25] In 74 games for Cincinnati, he batted .253/.311/.364 with 3 home runs, 28 RBI, and 8 stolen bases.[26] On August 19, 2023, Newman was placed on the injured list with a left oblique strain.[27] On September 25, Newman was activated from the injured list and subsequently designated for assignment.[28] He was released by the Reds organization on September 27.[29]

Arizona Diamondbacks

On January 3, 2024, Newman signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.[30][31]


Newman and his wife, Shayne, welcomed their first child, a daughter, in January 2021.[32] They reside in Chandler, Arizona.[33]


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  2. ^ Daniel Berk. "Arizona baseball: Newman's bat 'pleasant surprise' for UA". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  3. ^ Daniel Berk. "UA baseball: Newman has tools to be a 'dude' for Cats this spring". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  4. ^ Damien Alameda (June 5, 2013). "Kevin Newman Named Freshman All-American". Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  5. ^ Michael Bower. "Alumni Report: Poway High grad Newman turns in solid year for Arizona". Pomerado News. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  6. ^ Daniel Berk. "Arizona Wildcats baseball: Newman and Kingery named to all-conference team". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  7. ^ "Arizona baseball's Kevin Newman named to Golden Spikes Award wat". Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  8. ^ azcentral sports news sources (August 6, 2014). "Kevin Newman wins Cape Cod League batting title". azcentral. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
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  10. ^ "#2 Kevin Newman (2014)". Retrieved July 20, 2021.
  11. ^ "2020 Hall of Fame Class Announced". June 13, 2020. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
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  13. ^ "Pirates draft shortstop Kevin Newman 19th overall". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 8, 2015. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  14. ^ "Kevin Newman info". Rotoworld. Retrieved August 29, 2020.
  15. ^ "Pirates sign top pick Kevin Newman". June 15, 2015. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  16. ^ Charlie Wilmoth. "Pirates promote Kevin Newman to West Virginia Power". Bucs Dugout.
  17. ^ "FSL notes: Newman's bat making noise early". April 27, 2016. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  18. ^ "Kevin Newman Stats, Highlights, Bio - Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  19. ^ "New No. 1 Keller leads Pirates Top 30 Prospects list". Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  20. ^ "With Jordy Mercer out, Pirates bring 1st-round pick Kevin Newman to majors -".
  21. ^ "Major League Leaderboards » 2019 » Batters » Batted Ball Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball". January 1, 2019. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  22. ^ "Eager to flush 2020, Kevin Newman sets sights on regaining shortstop job". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  23. ^ "Pirates' Kevin Newman: Shifts to 60-day IL". Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  24. ^ "Pirates Reinstate Kevin Newman From IL; Option Bligh Madris to Triple-A Indianapolis". Retrieved May 15, 2023.
  25. ^ de los Santos, Justice (November 18, 2022). "Bucs tender Newman, then deal to Reds for Moreta". Retrieved April 1, 2023.
  26. ^ "Reds' Kevin Newman: Beginning rehab assignment". Retrieved September 25, 2023.
  27. ^ "Reds' Kevin Newman: Placed on injured list". Retrieved September 25, 2023.
  28. ^ "Reds' Kevin Newman: Activated and DFA'd". Retrieved September 25, 2023.
  29. ^ "Kevin Newman: Released by Reds". Retrieved September 28, 2023.
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  31. ^ Farkas, Brady (January 4, 2024). "Former Cincinnati Reds' Utility Player Signs Deal with National League Champions". Fastball. Retrieved January 5, 2024.
  32. ^ "Pirates Infielder Kevin Newman And Wife Shayne Announce They're Expecting Daughter". July 30, 2020.
  33. ^ "Login • Instagram". Archived from the original on December 24, 2021. ((cite web)): Cite uses generic title (help)