Bucs prospect Newman hit in head by pitch

Double-A Altoona shortstop sent to hospital for evaluation

Bucs prospect Newman hit in head by pitch

LOS ANGELES -- Shortstop Kevin Newman, one of the Pirates' top prospects, was taken to a hospital for tests Wednesday afternoon after getting hit in the head by 94-mph fastball during Double-A Altoona's game in Richmond, Va.

Newman, the Pirates' No.1 pick in the 2015 Draft, was hit in the first inning by a pitch from Richmond right-hander Sam Coonrod.

"He's still being evaluated by the physicians, so we don't have anything new to report," Pirates head trainer Todd Tomczyk said in Los Angeles.

Newman is rated as the Pirates' No.3 prospect by MLBPipeline.com. He led all Pittsburgh Minor Leaguers last season in batting average (.320), splitting time between Class A Advanced Bradenton and Altoona.

At Altoona last season, he was hit by a pitch on his left cheek that broke his orbital bone in three places and caused a concussion.

According to reports from Richmond, Newman remained on one knee for approximately a minute Wednesday before walking off the field. He was removed from the game and taken to the hospital for tests and observation.

Steve Dilbeck is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Pirates on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.