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Pirates send 4 to minor league camp, including 2015 top draft choices

Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Pirates shortstop Kevin Newman turns a double play over the Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. Monday, March 5, 2018, at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates resumed shaping their opening-day roster Thursday when they sent four players, including 2015 first- and second-round draft choices Kevin Newman and Kevin Kramer, to minor-league camp.

There are now 49 players in major league camp.

Newman, a top shortstop prospect, ended last season in Class AAA Indianapolis, where he hit .283 with only two errors in 40 games. Kramer, a second baseman, was hitting .297 with Class AA Altoona before he broke his hand and spent the rest of the regular season on the disabled list.

Alex McRae, a 10th-round choice in 2014, won 10 games in Altoona last year. Yeudy Garcia, an undrafted free agent, also pitched in Altoona, walking 46 batters in 72 innings.

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.

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