Kevin Newman wanted to play as soon as possible.

That's why the No. 19-overall pick signed a deal a week after the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted him with their first round choice in the 2015 draft, the team announced Monday. Newman's parents, Tammy and John, were in attendance for the announcement.

"It’s a dream come true and it’s hard to believe," Newman said. "This whole week is almost like ‘are we dreaming?’ Getting here and signing papers, I still can’t believe it’s happening."

Newman went undrafted out of high school due to a high asking price and what he described as performance that didn't match what he asked for in that draft. But that provided him the chance to go to college at Arizona and play high-level collegiate baseball in the Pac-12.

As a result, he feels he's bette...

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