Saturday, June 8, 2013

16-467: Dillon Newman

With the 1st pick of the 16th Round (467th overall), the Astros select 6'2" 185lb Dillon Newman, a Junior RHP from Baylor.

Newman was previously picked in the 49th Round of the 2010 Draft by the New York Mets, but skipped signing to fulfill a lifelong dream to pitch for Baylor. As the Bears' ace this season, he posted 77.1IP, 63H/25ER, 5BB:52K, going 3-4 with a 2.91 ERA.

He's got five pitches - four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball, changeup, cutter, and curve - and Baylor pitching coach Trevor Mote said this:

"He’s not overpowering, but I think you ask any good hitter whether they’d rather face a guy with two power pitches or a guy with five pitches, I think we all know the answer. He brings a lot of good things to the table, and he continues to get better every time out. … More than anything, he’s a plus competitor, and he’s really anchored down the staff and he doesn’t beat himself."

His Baylor bio page is over here.