Last night, the news came down that first round draft pick Kevin Newman was being promoted to West Virginia from Morgantown. Today, Cole Tucker was placed on the disabled list to make room for Newman, who will be joining the team tomorrow. The Power will play today down two infielders, as Erik Forgione was sent to Morgantown to make room for reliever Edgar Santana.

We posted an update on Tucker yesterday. His absence has been due to general soreness according to both Tucker and manager Brian Esposito. Tim Williams covered West Virginia recently and saw Tucker icing his shoulder after games in which he didn’t play, but the answer was just soreness. He last played on July 28th and that was as a DH after a two-day absence.

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  1. Looks like Cole’s season is over at this point. I think he did great this year and as a result he should not have to come back to WV next year. He earned the promotion so I guess let the battle begin between him and Newman and let the best player win. I hope it is Cole.

    • If I had to guess right now, I’d say Tucker at WV and Newman at Bradenton to start the year, with mid-season promotions for both if all goes well. They are almost three full years apart in age, so Newman is going to be more advanced than Tucker and move quicker. Depending on whether Tucker comes back this year, they probably aren’t going to be far apart in at-bats either, Tucker has 300, Newman has 159. That says a lot, since Newman played a full college season(55 games) before these pro at-bats.

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