Medium frame; lacks remaining physical projection.
Bradenton Marauders (High A, Pirates)
Role 5, League-Average Starter
Plus bat speed; line-drive swing with an all-fields approach; innate feel for the barrel; good pitch recognition; works counts well and recognizes spin; lacks a weight transfer so the contact is more singles and doubles at this point; quick hands and wrists; one of the best pure hitters I have seen.
Well below-average raw power; swing isn't built for over the fence power; lack of weight transfer in swing; lacks natural strength to take balls out consistently; power will play more so in doubles and some triples.
4.28 clock; second gear and better runner underway; good base-stealing instincts; only average speed but gets good jumps off pitchers which allows it to play up slightly.
Fringe-average at present; choppy footwork; good instincts and good first step; gets rid of ball quickly; not flashy but fair; should get to average at full utility.
Average arm strength; quick hands that allow him to get rid of balls quickly; throws don't have great carry but makes it work and is accurate.
One of the best pure hitters I have ever scouted, Newman was recently promoted to Double-A. The biggest concern is if he can play SS on a daily basis. While he won't wow anyone there, he should be able to handle it.