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May 17, 2021 08:52 AM
Pirates' Kevin Newman: Swipes first bag since 2019
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Newman went 0-for-3 with a walk and his first stolen base of the season in Sunday's 4-1 loss to San Francisco.

His overall numbers (.204/.236/.255) remain abysmal, but he has shown glimmers of hope with a .236 batting average in 72 at-bats since April 24. Primarily due to injuries of his teammates, Newman has batted second in the lineup over the last five games. He ranks second among all shortstops with a 3.5 WAR on defense and his competition for playing time, Erik Gonzalez, is batting just .149 since April 25.

May 8, 2021 01:04 PM
Pirates' Kevin Newman: Out of Friday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Newman is not in the lineup Friday against the Cubs.

Newman will take a seat after starting the past three games and going 2-for-11 with one walk and one strikeout. Erik Gonzalez will take over at shortstop while Todd Frazier starts at third base Friday.

May 2, 2021 10:28 AM
Pirates' Kevin Newman: Not starting Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Newman is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals, Jake Crouse of reports.

Newman started the past eight games and will receive a day off after going 7-for-28 with one homer, four RBI and three runs during that stretch. Erik Gonzalez will start at shortstop and bat sixth Sunday for Pittsburgh.

May 1, 2021 12:24 AM
Pirates' Kevin Newman: Drives in run Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Newman went 2-for-4 with a run and one RBI in Friday's 7-3 loss to the Cardinals.

The Pirates were unable to record any extra-base hits in Friday's contest, but Newman put the team on the board with a two-out single in the bottom of the fourth inning. Newman is now hitting .205 with a home run, six RBI and six runs this season.

April 25, 2021 10:12 PM
Pirates' Kevin Newman: Delivers first homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Newman went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI on Saturday against Minnesota.

Newman took Michael Pineda deep in the fifth inning, going back-to-back with Michael Perez. It was his first home run of the campaign and only his third extra-base hit overall. Newman has yet to get his bat going, hitting just .176/.208/.250 across 72 plate appearances.

April 18, 2021 12:36 PM
Pirates' Kevin Newman: Sitting Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Newman is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers.

Erik Gonzalez will fill in at shortstop after Newman started in each of the Pirates' previous seven games. After a red-hot spring training, Newman has been unable to keep the momentum going so far during the regular season. Through 14 games, Newman has gone 9-for-54 (.167 average) with only two extra-base hits (both doubles).

April 18, 2021 01:56 PM
Pirates' Kevin Newman: Searching for turnaround
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Newman went 1-for-4 with a run scored in Friday's 6-1 win over the Brewers.

His poor start (.180/.196/.220) continues, but despite his struggles, Newman has started each of the team's last six games. He's posted a 94 percent contact rate, but he's hitting line drives (6.4 percent) less than ever. Because the team likes to move Erik Gonzalez around the infield, it's likely Newman sticks in the lineup at short. Cole Tucker remains in Florida working on his offensive approach, leaving a path for Newman to find his game with Pittsburgh.

April 12, 2021 10:40 AM
Pirates' Kevin Newman: Slow start at plate
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Newman went 1-for-5 with a run in Sunday's 7-1 win against the Cubs.

Since going 2-for-5 on Opening Day, Newman has collected only four hits in 27 at-bats. He's totaled one extra-base hit (a double) and no stolen base attempts. The team has batted him in various spots of the lineup without success. As a result, he could lose some playing time to Erik Gonzalez at shortstop until he regains his batting stroke.

April 10, 2021 01:44 PM
Pirates' Kevin Newman: Not starting Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Newman isn't in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cubs.

Newman was named the team's primary shortstop and has gone 5-for-27 with a double and one RBI in seven games to begin the year. However, Erik Gonzalez will take over at shortstop Saturday, batting fifth.

April 5, 2021 03:00 PM
Pirates' Kevin Newman: Not in Monday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Newman is not starting Monday against the Reds.

Newman was named the team's primary shortstop following an excellent spring, but that doesn't mean he'll play every day. He'll get the day off after going 0-for-5 Sunday against the Cubs, with Erik Gonzalez starting in his absence.

March 29, 2021 02:12 PM
Pirates' Kevin Newman: Named top shortstop
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Derek Shelton said Monday that Newman will head into Opening Day as the Pirates' regular shortstop, Kevin Gorman of reports.

After taking a big step back at the plate during the abbreviated 2020 campaign, Newman entered the spring having to battle with the likes of Erik Gonzalez and Cole Tucker for an everyday role in the middle infield. Newman was able to easily separate himself from the competition, recording a whopping 20 hits in 29 at-bats (.690 average) while going 2-for-3 on stolen-base attempts through his first 12 Grapefruit League games. While this level of production is obviously unsustainable, Newman's bat-to-ball skills and willingness to run should at least make him a decent late-round target for fantasy managers looking for a boost in batting average and steals. He's just two years removed from a season in which he hit .308 with 16 stolen bases over 130 games.

March 23, 2021 05:04 PM
Pirates' Kevin Newman: Grabbing hold of shortstop job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Newman went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs in Monday's loss to the Orioles.

He's batting a healthy .700 in 20 spring at-bats. Perhaps more importantly, he's running the bases well and playing solid defense, showing that he's healthy entering the season. Barring an injury during the final week of Grapefruit League, Newman is likely to begin 2021 as the team's starting shortstop, ahead of Erik Gonzalez and Cole Tucker. Fantasy owners might recall that the 27-year-old stole 16 bases in 2019, so he could prove to be a sneaky source of steals in 2021.

March 19, 2021 09:32 AM
Pirates' Kevin Newman: Sizzling start to spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Newman is 9-for-14 with a 4:0 BB:K in Grapefruit League action.

Since returning from a hamstring injury two games ago, he has three hits in six at-bats. Newman struggled mightily in 2020 with a .224 batting average in 156 at-bats, but he posted a .308 mark in 493 at-bats in his rookie campaign. While he doesn't have glove skills of his competitors for the Pirates' shortstop job, Erik Gonzalez and Cole Tucker, his bat plays much better. He played nearly as much second base (20 games) as shortstop (23) last summer, so he could also slide over to the right side of the infield, especially if the team eventually trades starting second baseman Adam Frazier.

March 15, 2021 02:20 AM
Pirates' Kevin Newman: Bats against Philly
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Newman (hamstring) served as the team's designated hitter and went 0-for-2 with a walk Sunday against the Phillies.

While he didn't play in the field, Newman saw his first action in a week. He made it through the game without re-injuring himself and figures to see time at shortstop in the coming days.

March 10, 2021 01:48 PM
Pirates' Kevin Newman: No longer feeling hamstring issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday that Newman is no longer feeling tightness in his hamstring, Kevin Gorman of reports.

Newman left Sunday's spring game against Baltimore due to left hamstring tightness, but he's no longer dealing with the issue. The 27-year-old isn't in the lineup for Wednesday's spring matchup against the Yankees, but he should be available going forward.

March 7, 2021 02:48 PM
Pirates' Kevin Newman: Exits with hamstring tightness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Newman was removed from Sunday's spring game against the Orioles with left hamstring tightness, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

The 27-year-old went 2-for-2 with a double, a run and two RBI before leaving the game. The severity of the injury remains unclear, but even if it's a minor issue Newman figures to take it easy for a couple days.

March 4, 2021 10:20 PM
Pirates' Kevin Newman: Good day at plate
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Newman went 2-for-2 with a walk Thursday against the Braves.

He's in the middle of a three-way competition for time at shortstop with Cole Tucker and Erik Gonzalez. Newman, who bobbled away a ground ball for an error Thursday, needs to prove himself again both offensively and defensively after a miserable 2020. He slashed just .224/.281/.276 with one homer and no steals in 172 plate appearances after hitting .308 with 12 homers and 16 steals in 2019. Newman closed out last season on the injured list with a knee injury but is back to full health for 2021.

February 22, 2021 04:28 PM
Pirates' Kevin Newman: Cleared for spring workouts
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Newman (knee) was spotted fielding grounders at shortstop Monday during the Pirates' first workout for position players, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

Newman's presence on the field to begin spring training suggests that he's made a full recovery from the left knee contusion that sidelined him late in the 2020 campaign. Before the injury surfaced, Newman was in the midst of a brutal season, with his .557 OPS over 172 plate appearances representing a 242-point drop from 2019. After being locked in as a full-time player heading into last season, Newman will likely now have to battle Erik Gonzalez and Cole Tucker for a starting job at shortstop this spring.

September 21, 2020 07:12 PM
Pirates' Kevin Newman: Knee injury ends season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Pirates placed Newman on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a contusion to the peroneal nerve of his left knee, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The injury isn't believed to be especially significant, but the timing of Newman's placement on the IL means his 2020 campaign is over. The 27-year-old took a big step back this season, with his OPS dropping 242 points from his 2019 mark. Newman also failed to record a stolen base after going 16-for-24 on steal attempts last season. Adam Frazier and Erik Gonzalez will likely serve as Pittsburgh's everyday starters in the middle infield the rest of the way.

September 19, 2020 06:48 PM
Pirates' Kevin Newman: Struggles persist Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Newman went 0-for-4 with a pair of walks in Friday's doubleheader loss to the Cardinals.

He also made his seventh error of the season. Newman is batting .156 (5-for-32) since Sept. 9 with no extra-base hits. Prior to the season, he mentioned stealing bases as an area of expansion to his game, but he was unsuccessful in his lone attempt, and that was nearly two months ago. He dealt with an undisclosed injury during summer camp thought to be oblique related. For whatever reasons, his sophomore season has proven to be a disappointment: Newman is slashing .229/.281/.281 with one homer and 10 RBI in 168 plate appearances.

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