Name Your Favorite Newton

When July began my favorite Newton was far and away the fig…everybody’s favorite childhood snack.  There were so many choices.  There was the snack pack — two Newtons a little bit larger than those found in the ordinary package.  There was the original — rows of Newtons stuck together in plastic wrapping.  Then they threw in strawberry Newtons.  What next?  I’m sure the snack has evolved further since I grew up and began eating the more adult chocolate chip cookies and Nutter Butters.

But the Fig Newton has always been challenged.  I’m also a fan of Isaac and this whole gravity idea.  Who doesn’t like Olivia Newton John?  I mean, didn’t we all grow up singing Grease while walking to school?  Newton, MA is near Boston.  That’s a fine city.  And how can we forget Wayne Newton?

 


Newtons.jpg(Clockwise from top: Fig, Olivia John, Wayne, Mass, Jordan and Isaac)

 

America’s favorite snack cookie now has a new challenger: Jordan Newton.

The Marauders, in need of catching depth, went to the independent Can-Am League earlier this month and picked up Newton.  The Western Kentucky product hit .364 with the Can-Am League’s New Jersey Jackals.  He blasted two homeruns and drove in 20.  Who knew what Bradenton was going to get from its newest addition.

“No expectations,” said Marauders hitting coach Dave Howard after Newton joined the club.  “I think it’s unfair when you bring guys in to have any expectations at all.  The expectation is to go out there and play hard and do the best you can.  Here’s an opportunity for you now to be back in an organization, so make the most of it.”

Newton hasn’t just made the most of it.  Since he came on board he’s been one of, if not the best Marauder at the plate.  It started with a rocket single in his first at-bat (he scored), and it’s continued with a double and his first RBI Thursday.  The catcher is batting .375 (15-40) and is hitting .555 when he puts the ball in play.

“I guess that means I need to be putting it in play more often,” Newton said.  “I’m excited to be here and just make the most of my opportunity.  I just try to keep it consistent.  That’s what you try to do as a hitter. The less you have to worry about it the better you are.  I’ve been fortunate enough to swing the bat well early.  I’ve got a lot of things to keep working on.  I just try to go day-by-day and see what happens from there.”

Newton’s success probably shouldn’t come as a surprise.  He did finish spring training expecting to be the starting catcher at Detroit’s Double-A Erie affiliate.  Things didn’t pan out and he was released.  He went to the Jackals an played with ex-big leaguers Argenis Reyes, Abraham Nunez and former Rays catcher Shawn Riggins.  The Jackals have a history with producing first-time MLB talent as well.  Oakland A’s reliever Craig Breslow played for NJ in 2004.  He made his Major League debut a year later with San Diego.   

A few people have given Newton solid reviews since he arrived in Florida.

“He’s real athletic, has a good arm and he can hit,” said Marauder catcher James Skelton, a teammate of Newton in the Tigers organization.  “No it’s not [a surprise how well Newton’s done].  I’ve seen this kid play and he can hit.  He’s a little stocky guy with a lot of pop.”

One scout told me he thought Newton “is a player.”  In scout speak that means he’s good.

Here’s how Newton stacks up against the FSL since his arrival…He’s played in 11 of 20 games for Bradenton in July (keeping in mind his first game was July 7th).

Ryan Mollica – STL – .423 in 12 games (11-for-26)

Myron Leslie – TAM – .388 in 14 games

Bryan Holaday – LAK – .385 in 11 games

Hector Pellot – STL – .384 in 15 games

Jordan Newton – BRD – .375 in 11 games

Alex Castellanos – PMB – .375 in 18 games

Rafael Fernandez – STL – .364 in 15 games

Tim Kennelly – CLR – .359-2-14 in 22 games

Michael Brenly – DAY – .358 in 18 games

Jon Murrian – LAK – .349 in 17 games

 

 

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About Joel Godett
Joel Godett is in his secod year broadcasting Bradenton Marauders baseball. His career has carried him from Syracuse to Buffalo, Roanoke, Cape Cod, Tampa and Bradenton. He is originally from New Jersey and somehow grew up an Atlanta Braves fan.

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