Newman is expected to serve as the Pirates' primary leadoff man in 2020, though he could also slot third ahead of cleanup hitter Josh Bell occasionally, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
After hitting seventh at the beginning of last year, Newman took full advantage of his opportunity to bat atop the order -- the 26-year-old slashed .328/.374/.502 in 75 games as a leadoff hitter. It remains to be seen how long he'll stick at shortstop, though. He ranked 22nd of 25 with a minus-1.7 dWAR (min. 800 innings). If Pittsburgh trades second baseman Adam Frazier, then Newman could shift to second, with standout defensive prospect Cole Tucker taking over at short. Regardless of where Newman plays in the field, his ability to hit for a high batting average and steal bases -- he swiped 16 bags in 24 tries in 2019 -- gives him fantasy value in two categories.
Newman, who finished eighth in 2019 in the NL batting race with a .308 average, is set to start the 2020 campaign as Pittsburgh's primary shortstop, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The 26-year-old saw action at both shortstop (104 games) and second base (23) as a rookie last year. He stole 16 bases (in 24 attempts) and spent the offseason working on "speed and defense." As a result, it wouldn't be surprising to see him surpass his projected stolen bases total for 2020. Newman may eventually settle in as the team's second baseman -- his minus-6 DRS at shortstop demonstrates his lack of range -- but he'll qualify at both middle infield spots in many leagues for 2020 and represents sneaky end-game value on a potential cellar-dwelling team.
Newman went 2-for-4 with a walkoff home run, five RBI and a walk during a 6-5 victory against the Reds on Friday.
The 26-year-old delivered his fourth walkoff moment (one was an actual walk) of the season with a two-run blast in the ninth. Newman came into the night with just one home run at home this year, but his two long balls propelled the Pirates to a fifth straight win. Newman is batting .310 with 12 home runs, 64 RBI, 61 runs and 16 steals in 484 at-bats this season.
Newman is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers.
Newman is hitting .297 in September, but he went 0-for-8 over his last two games, so manager Clint Hurdle decided to give him a break. Cole Tucker will get the start at shortstop Sunday afternoon.
Newman went 2-for-6 with an RBI single in Thursday's loss to Seattle.
He's slashing .379/.429/.563 in his last 112 plate appearances since Aug. 21, lifting his overall batting average to .317 -- good for sixth in the NL, right next to teammate Bryan Reynolds. Newman is showing few signs of slowing down after his disappointing late-season debut (.209/.247/.231) in 2018. He continues to thrive hitting exclusively out of the leadoff spot and has three hits in five career at-bats against Friday's starter Chase Anderson.
Newman went 3-for-5 with a triple and a double in a 14-1 defeat by the Cubs on Saturday.
Newman has hit safely in his last eight games, going 14-for-37 (.378), and in the bigger picture he's contributed 10 home runs and 15 stolen bases this season. The 26-year-old is slashing .318/.365/.455 over 440 at-bats and has 35 extra-base hits this season.
Newman is not in Thursday's lineup against the Giants.
Newman has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games and is slashing .413/.486/.651 with three home runs and four steals over that stretch. Cole Tucker starts at shortstop and will hit sixth.
Newman went 1-for-4 with a run and stolen base in a 10-1 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday.
In a different era, Newman would probably be more appreciated. He only has 10 home runs and thus a .133 ISO, but he's batting .313 with 14 stolen bases. He's also chipped in 53 RBI and 51 runs, which is very respectable for 415 at-bats with a below-average team.
Newman went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI double against St. Louis on Friday.
He's started the last two games without incident after missing Sunday's and Tuesday's games. Newman, who hit first in the lineup Friday, is slashing .343/.389/.521 in 264 plate appearances from the leadoff spot and just .222/.242/.256 in 120 PA from the seventh spot. Newman now ranks seventh in the NL with a .314 batting average.
Newman (hip) is starting at shortstop and leading off Thursday against the Marlins.
He was banged up earlier this week, but made a pinch-hit appearance Wednesday, so it's not surprising to see him back in the mix. Newman is hitting .450 with three home runs and two steals over his last 10 games, thanks largely to him notching nine hits in three games at Coors Field last week.
Newman (hip) pinch hit against the Marlins on Wednesday and lined out to center field.
Wednesday's appearance was a good sign for the rookie, who hasn't started since Saturday. Barring a pre-game setback, it wouldn't be surprising to see Newman re-enter the starting lineup Thursday. He's been on a tear lately, collecting 18 hits in his last 36 at-bats.
Newman (leg) will not be in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Newman is still feeling soreness in his leg, so he will not start for the third game in a row. He did test his leg a bit during pregame warmups, so it's possible he could be an option off the bench. It remains to be seen who will start at shortstop in Newman's place Wednesday, but one of Erik Gonzalez or Cole Tucker figures to get the nod.
Newman (leg) isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Marlins.
Newman was held out of Sunday's matchup due to leg tightness, and even after benefitting from an off day Monday, he'll be held out of the starting lineup again Tuesday. It's unknown if he'll be available off the bench.
The Pirates are hopeful that Newman, who missed Sunday's game due to leg tightness, will be healthy enough to play Tuesday, 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh reports.
Speaking on Neal Huntington's radio show, assistant general manager Kyle Stark said he hoped that a couple days off would aid in Newman's recovery. "We're optimistic, he should be fine," Stark said. "He experienced some tightness in his leg. Coming out of Saturday's night game, it's an opportunity (to rest) with Monday's off day." Before leaving Saturday's game early as part of a double switch, Newman extended his hitting streak to eight games. He's slashed .514/.564/.886 with three homers and two steals during his latest hot streak.
Newman is out of the lineup for Sunday's game at Colorado.
Newman has a 1.450 OPS with 13 runs scored, three home runs and 10 RBI in his last eight games, but he'll take a seat in the series finale. Erik Gonzalez will start at shortstop and bat eighth in his absence.
Newman went 4-for-4 with a pair of home runs, a double and four RBI to help the Pirates to an 11-8 victory over the Rockies on Thursday.
Newman only had seven long balls for the season coming into the game, but he clubbed two in this contest, first touching up Chi Chi Gonzalez with a first-inning solo shot before adding another solo blast off Jesus Tinoco in the fifth. This type of power shouldn't be expected regularly from Newman -- they were at Coors Field, after all -- but he's providing solid across-the-board production for the Pirates this season. He's slashing .309/.354/.439 across 392 at-bats while driving in 50 runs and swiping 13 bases in 20 attempts.
Newman went 4-for-4 with a double, RBI, two steals and three runs in a 9-8 victory against the Reds on Sunday.
His third four-hit day of the season pushed his average back above .300. Average is where he excels the most, but Newman is an all-around solid contributor. He has 25 extra-base hits, including seven home runs, 44 RBI, 40 runs and 13 steals in 374 at-bats this season.
Newman went 1-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and three runs Saturday in the Pirates' 14-0 win over the Reds.
Batting out of the leadoff spot for the third time in four games, Newman helped spark a struggling Pirates offense that exploded for its most runs since July 1. Newman seems to have unseated Adam Frazier for the table-setting role, as he'll start at shortstop and lead off again Sunday in the series finale.
Newman went 2-for-4 and stole his 11th base of the season Thursday against the Nationals.
The stolen base was just his second in August. He's slashing .231/.286/.323 for the month, concurrent with the team's overall struggles. Despite his recent falloff, Newman continues to see regular playing time and appears set to start at shortstop or second base in 2020. Overall, he's hitting .298 with seven homers and 42 RBI in 363 at-bats.
Newman went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs scored to help the Pirates to a 10-2 victory over the Angels on Monday.
The 26-year-old checked in with his first long ball since July 6, touching up Jose Suarez with a second-inning solo shot. Newman hasn't provided much power this season (this was just his seventh homer in 329 at-bats) but he's emerged as a solid contributor in other categories, as he's hitting .304 with a respectable .347 on-base percentage, and has also chipped in with 10 stolen bases in 15 attempts.
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