Kyle Newton bio
Player: Kyle Newton
Jersey Number: 8
School: Florida Atlantic University
Hometown: Lakeland, Fla.
Height, Weight: 5-11, 190
Best Baseball Memory: Winning conference at Florida Atlantic.
Greatest Baseball Accomplishment: Signing professionally with the Colorado Rockies.
Favorite Player Growing Up: Josh Hamilton; battled adversity entire life and (is) a great player.
Most Influential Player/Role Model: Family; got me to where I am in baseball and life.
Favorite Food: Osteen’s shrimp.
Favorite Pregame Meal: Grilled cheese and Ovaltine.
Off-field hobbies: Surfing, hunting, fishing.
Favorite Movie: “For Love of the Game.”
Dogpiles are fun, unless you’re the guy on the bottom when your team wins a championship.
Luckily for Kyle Newton, when Florida Atlantic won its conference championship, the infielder was one of the guys jumping on top of the pile.
“That feeling of (winning on) a walk-off comes through my mind every once in awhile,” Newton said. “That was a great feeling.”
This past spring, Newton hit .311 with seven home runs and 34 RBI in the heavy Florida air, and he can’t wait until he gets his shot to hit at Suplizio Field.
“We’ve got to keep ourselves from getting under the ball a little too much,” he said. “Coming from Florida where the ball doesn’t go anywhere, you have to step on it to hit it out. Hit those line drives back and into the gaps.”
Newton had one more year of eligibility at Florida Atlantic, but he decided to sign once the Rockies made him their 19th-round pick this season.
“I thought it would be a good time to come on out,” he said. “It’s a lot easier to get one (year of school finished) than two.”
The draft was definitely a highlight.
“Seeing your name pop up on the TV screen and the computer, it’s a dream come true,” he said. “Yeah, you’re pinching yourself, and your family’s jumping around. It’s crazy.”
Drafted as a third baseman, Newton also played shortstop earlier in his college career and can play second base or even a little outfield.
Like all of the first-year players, the first couple of days of minicamp were spent getting acclimated to how things are done.
“I had a great first day with the coaches, seeing how everything works,” he said. “I’ve always had a good work ethic, and hopefully I can move my way up the next few years.”