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Oakland A's Prospect Q&A: Kyler Newby, RHP
Kyler Newby signed with the A's as a minor-league free agent in late November after having a very good season in 2012 with Baltimore's organization, working out of the back-end of the bullpen with Double-A Bowie. Before 2012, Newby had spent his entire career in the Arizona Diamondbacks' organization. The D-Backs' 50th-round pick in 2004 has a career 3.22 ERA with 551 strike-outs and 183 walks in 492 innings. He has allowed only 40 homeruns. Newby has yet to make his major league debut, but he spent time on the D-Backs' 40-man roster. Newby joins Oakland's organization having the versatility of being a former starter and back-end reliever, despite not having an overly explosive fastball. His 2012 was his best season as a pro, netting 20 total saves and upping his strikeout-to-walk ratio to around 3.5, while allowing just 38 hits in 56.1 innings. We recently spoke with Newby, who is preparing for spring training, about his thoughts on joining the A's organization, his relationship...
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