Body: Average frame with thin-boned look; moderate athleticism; trim, lean physical features
Swing: Narrow, straight-on base w/ slight bend at the knees; controlled, medium hand set, quiet load; short, level bat path, feel for the barrel, bat stays in the zone for a long time; adjusts hands well, average bat speed
Altoona Curve (AA, Pirates)
Outstanding feel for the game, plays above raw tools; polished player with quality approach at the plate, knows his offensive strengths, plus instincts
50: Average Regular Shortstop
Terrific barrel-control, squares up a lot of balls, doesn't swing and miss often; won't strike out much, pressures the defense by putting a lot of balls in play; tracks off-speed well, demonstrated ability to make in-game adjustments; spoils well-located pitches, extends at-bats, all-fields approach; ingredients for an above-average bat that plays up even more thanks to on-base ability
Limited raw strength in frame, minimal leverage for loft in swing; quick wrists, contact-oriented stroke, singles approach, occasional ability to drive the gaps for doubles; unlikely to threaten double-digit home runs
Average straight-line runner, sound instincts, picks his spots well, potential double-digit stolen base totals; hustles hard up the line and on the bases, high-energy gamer; fringy athleticism evident in running stride, choppy, strained gait at full speed, some effort underway
Fringy raw defensive tools, instincts and positioning play glove up to average; polished footwork, adjusts body to throw before fielding; quality transfer, gets rid of the ball quickly; capable shortstop at the big-league level
Average arm strength, accurate, compact arm stroke, quick transfer; able to makes throws on the run, accurate across the bag on the turn
Ceiling: Solid-regular shortstop; average defender with quality hit tool and on-base ability; table setting #1 or #2 hitter.
Realistic: Everyday shortstop, profile would lack tools to impact the game if his hit tool backs up at major-league level.
Newman is an average athlete, average defensive tools that play up with plus instincts. He demonstrates tools to become an above-average hitter with a sound approach, though the lack of power leaves his profile highly average- and BABIP-centric. This is a low-risk, high-floor player, whose instincts, defensive profile, and contact ability make him a likely big-league contributor. The hitting ability will determine is there's enough in the profile to play up an otherwise-moderate tool set into a truly above-average player.