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Arizona's Newman, Kingery moving up draft boards

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Courtesy Arizona Athletics

The big mover from Keith Law's Top 50 draft prospects is University of Arizona SS Kevin Newman, whose stock continues to climb as he allays concerns about his ability to stay at shortstop in pro ball. While seeing him play this weekend at Arizona State -- ESPNU aired Saturday's game and I joined the broadcast at around the 42-minute mark -- I thought Newman looked just fine at short, showing good footwork, much better actions than I anticipated and a plus arm that makes up for what can sometimes be a slow transfer.

Newman posted 60-grade run times for me on Saturday and Sunday -- I'll be seeing him again tonight -- which is just a quantifiable security blanket to supplement my positive assessment of his range, which looks good. A future Gold Glover he is not, but it'll play, and legitimate viability at a premium defensive position goes a long way