ALTOONA, Pa. - Our mid-season prospect rankings are coming up, and between watching games in Altoona and Bradenton over the past few weeks, I've been getting a few "Has Cole Tucker passed Kevin Newman as the top shortstop prospect?" questions. That's a question that will be answered in the upcoming rankings (I honestly can't answer it now, because we don't even have the rankings completed yet). However, I did want to review some trends I've noticed with Newman.
When I saw Kevin Newman in Altoona a few weeks ago, he looked exactly like the player I covered last year who was tearing up the Florida State League. There didn't seem to be any major problems with his approach to the game, and he was doing a good job of using all fields, specifically hitting middle-away.
That's a bit surpris...
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