2015 MLB Draft: Pirates’ Day One Rewind
Pittsburgh Pirates Recap
Round 1, Pick 19 – Kevin Newman, SS/Arizona
2015: .370 (84-227), 2 HRs, 19 2Bs, 36 RBIs, .426 OBP, 22 SBs
…The 29th-ranked prospect by Baseball America became the first Wildcat to be taken in the opening round since 2008 (Ryan Perry & Daniel Schlereth). Newman received high praise from ESPN’s Keith Law, when the analyst proclaimed the shortstop as his #2 ranked player in this year’s draft. Kevin doesn’t hit for much power (as he’s only had 2 HRs in his collegiate career) but has managed to make contact as was evident by the marks he produced over the last two summers in the Cape Cod League. He became the first player to ever lead the Cape Cod League in batting two times (2014: .380; 2013: .375).
Round 1, Pick 32 – Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B/Concordia Lutheran High School (Texas)
2015: .436 (41-94), 3 HRs, 16 2Bs, 27 RBIs, .530 OBP
…Ke’Bryan is the son of former Pirate Charlie Hayes. The third baseman led his team to a state championship one month ago. He signed his National-Letter of Intent to play baseball next year with Tennessee.
Round 2, Pick 62 – Kevin Kramer, SS/UCLA
2015: .323 (82-254), 7 HRs, 14 2Bs, 34 RBIs, .423 OBP, 7 SBs
…Kramer missed the entire 2014 season due to an injury. He was the starting third baseman on the 2013 National Championship team. As a junior in 2015, Kramer earned All-Pac 12 First Team honors.