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Newman, Kramer Elected as IL Postseason All-Stars

August 28, 2018 - International League (IL) - Indianapolis Indians News Release

Indianapolis Indians second baseman Kevin Kramer throws to first
Indianapolis Indians second baseman Kevin Kramer throws to first
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INDIANAPOLIS - The International League today announced its end-of-season award winners and 2018 Postseason All-Star team, with former Tribe shortstop Kevin Newman and current second baseman Kevin Kramer both elected to the squad.

Newman and Kramer are the first set of teammates at both shortstop and second base on the IL Postseason All-Star team since Columbus' Brian Raabe (2B) and D'Angelo Jimenez (SS) accomplished the feat in 1999.

In his first full Triple-A season, Newman hit .302 with 74 runs scored and 28 stolen bases before having his contract purchased by Pittsburgh on August 16. He ranks among league leaders in batting (4th), runs scored (1st), stolen bases (1st), hits (5th) and doubles (T-4th). The 25-year-old is just the second shortstop in Indians franchise history to be elected to the IL Postseason All-Star team, joining Brian Bixler who was on the 2007 squad.

Kramer, 24, currently ranks in the top five of several offensive categories, including batting average (3rd, .303), hits (3rd, 137), doubles (2nd, 32), extra-base hits (3rd, 49), slugging percentage (3rd, .480), runs scored (T-4th, 70) and total bases (2nd, 217). He has belted a career- and team-high 14 home runs and leads the Indians with 43 multi-hit games. The Turlock, Calif. native is the first Indians second baseman to ever be named to the IL Postseason All-Star team.

This is the first postseason All-Star selection for both Newman and Kramer. Newman is a two-time midseason All-Star (2016, Florida State League; 2018, International League) while Kramer has one midseason All-Star honor to his credit (2017, Eastern League). Kramer was also named to the Arizona Fall League's Rising Stars team in 2017.

Indianapolis is joined by Lehigh Valley as the only IL teams with multiple players named to the All-Star team. The IronPigs had four postseason All-Stars and had a clean sweep of the Most Valuable Player, Most Valuable Pitcher, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year awards.

2018 International League Award Winners

Most Valuable Player - Joey Meneses, Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies)

Most Valuable Pitcher - Cole Irvin, Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies)

Rookie of the Year - Joey Meneses, Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies)

Manager of the Year - Gary Jones, Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies)

2018 International League Postseason All-Star Team

C Danny Jansen - Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays)

1B Joey Meneses - Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies)

2B Kevin Kramer - Indinapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates)

SS Kevin Newman - Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates)

3B Mitch Walding - Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies)

OF Brandon Barnes - Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians)

OF Rusney Castillo - Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox)

OF Christin Stewart - Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers)

DH Kennys Vargas - Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins)

SP Cole Irvin - Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies)

RP Pedro Beato - Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies)

UTIL - Kean Wong - Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays)





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Shortstop Kevin Newman breaks out of the box for the Indianapolis Indians

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Shortstop Kevin Newman of the Indianapolis Indians runs the bases

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Shortstop Kevin Newman in the field for the Indianapolis Indians

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Indianapolis Indians second baseman Kevin Kramer rounds the bases
Indianapolis Indians second baseman Kevin Kramer rounds the bases

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Indianapolis Indians second baseman Kevin Kramer awaits a pitch

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Indianapolis Indians second baseman Kevin Kramer throws to first

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