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Ryan Newell is a 6’2″, 215 lb. right-handed pitcher from Fairfax, Virginia. Born on June 18th, 1991, he was a seventh round selection of the Miami Marlins in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft out of Shorter College.
Newell started his collegiate career with two substandard seasons for USC-Upstate, during which he put up a 2.610 WHIP over 43 2/3 innings. In 2012, he was 9-4 with a 3.53 ERA for the Shorter Hawks. He was selected 227th overall, 13 picks ahead of Kyle Barraclough.
12 percent of 227th overall picks eventually reach the major leagues, led by Mike Lamb (1997, Texas Rangers, 4.0 career WAR), Bryan Clark (1974, Pittsburgh Pirates, 3.2 WAR), and Ken Schrom (1973, Minnesota Twins, 2.7 WAR).
Newell joined the Jamestown Jammers after signing for a $147,600 bonus, in the short-season-A New York-Penn League (NYPL). He would split the three months remaining in the minor league season between the Jammers and the rookie-level GCL Marlins, in the Gulf Coast League. Newell posted a 2-5 record and a 4.33 ERA between the two levels, starting seven times and making eight trips out of the bullpen. He struck out 27 in as many innings, and finished with a 1.67 WHIP. You can follow him on Twitter @RyanNewell_38.
The Miami Marlins swapped out their short-season-A NYPL affiliate in 2013 to the Batavia Muckdogs, and Newell spent the whole season there. He made 14 rotational starts, going 5-4 with a sparkling 2.09 ERA, 75 K’s in 82 frames, and a 0.99 WHIP. He was named to the NYPL mid-season All-Star squad.
In 2014, Newell was promoted to the single-A Greensboro Grasshoppers in the South Atlantic League, where he was 8-7 over 19 starts. He earned a 3.36 ERA in 109 2/3 innings, striking out 94 and earning a 1.19 WHIP. It was an especially impressive mark considering he allowed 110 hits but only 21 walks.
Injuries took their toll on Newell in 2015, and he was limited to 10 starts for the high-A Jupiter Hammerheads in the Florida State League. He was still better than average, going 3-1 with a 2.27 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP, with 38 K’s in 39 2/3 innings. Hampered by injuries again in 2016, he only made four appearances above a rookie-level rehab stint.
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2017 would see Newell once again join the Hammerheads, but again he was bit by the injury bug, getting into only five games in relief. He had a 1.42 ERA over 12 2/3 innings, with 15 strikeouts.
In 2018, Newell spent the entire season with the double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in the Southern League. No starts, but he came out of the bullpen 12 times and pitched to a 1.93 ERA over 14 innings. He struck out 12 and walked only three, closing the season with a 1.43 WHIP. In his best appearance of the season, on August 31st, he struck out two in two perfect innings against the Mississippi Braves, in a 5-1 Shrimp victory. Opponents slashed a mark of .298/.344/.439 in 61 plate appearances.
On November 2nd, Newell elected free agency, and is now free to sign with any ballclub.
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