Pirates Prospects has learned that the Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted shortstops Kevin Newman, Cole Tucker and Stephen Alemais. Newman is headed to Indianapolis, Tucker will join Altoona and Alemais will be headed to Bradenton. All are expected to join their new teams tomorrow.

Newman hit .259/.310/.359 with Altoona this season after spending the second half of last year there. He has shown improved defense over last year, though the offensive stats have not been up to par until a recent hot streak. Newman has a .790 OPS in July.

Tucker has made significant improvements this season, hitting for more power, while looking better on defense and using his speed to his advantage. That last area is one part that has been missing from Newman's game this season with just four steals and si...

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