TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona's dynamic middle infield combination of Kevin Newman and Scott Kingery turned another double play Monday evening when each was chosen on the first day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Newman, a starting shortstop in all 165 games of his career, was selected 19th overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He becomes the 16th player in program history to be chosen in the first round and he is the highest-drafted Wildcat since Trevor Crowe in 2005 (14th overall).
A native of Poway, Calif., Newman is a three-time Pac-12 All-Conference honoree and a two-time Cape Cod League batting champion, something no player had ever done in the history of the prestigious summer league. At Arizona, Newman batted .337 and collected 227 hits in his three-year career, while scoring 132 runs and adding 112 RBI. He was 46-for-58 in stolen base tries, while twice being named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive team.
Kingery, the Pac-12 Player of the year, had his name called by the Philadelphia Phillies with the 48th overall selection in the second round of the draft. The Phillies last picked a Wildcat in the 2006 draft when they choose future Major-Leaguers Jason Donald in the third round.
A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Kingery walked on to the program before becoming a two-time Pac-12 All-Conference team member. He finished the 2014 season with the league's highest batting average and captured the regular season batting crown with a .392 mark in 2015. In three seasons with the Wildcats, Kingery batted .351 over 149 games, scoring 116 runs, added 80 RBI and stole 38 bases. He starred as an outfielder his first two seasons before moving to second base this season, where he was named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive team.
The MLB First-Year Player Draft continues Tuesday at 10 a.m. (MST) with rounds No. 3-10 and concludes Wednesday with rounds No. 11-40 beginning at 9 a.m.