Christopher Jake Newberry… Married, wife’s name is Tiffany (11/3/19)… 2012 graduate of Mira Mesa High School (CA), where he went 7-1 with a 1.08 ERA in 58.1 innings as a senior, and hit .408 at the plate… Hobbies: Cooking, golfing, hanging out with his wife and playing video games… Signed by: Scott Groot.
Made four appearances over three stints with KC before being designated for assignment on 6/7...Outrighted to Omaha (AAA) on 6/11, where he spent the remainder of the season...With Omaha, averaged 11.19 SO/9.0 IP (75 SO, 60.1 IP) in 44 appearances.
Made 20 appearances out of the bullpen, pitching to a 4.09 ERA and a 9.82 K/9 rate (24 K in 22.0 IP)...Allowed one hit or fewer in 15 of his 20 appearances, including 10 hitless outings... Touched up for seven runs (six earned) in 6.0 innings vs. the White Sox (.375 batting average)…posted a 2.25 ERA (4 ER in 16.0 IP) and a .204 opponents’ average (11-for-54) against all other opponents...Lone victory came against the White Sox, on Aug. 29 in Chicago when he pitched a scoreless sixth inning ahead of a five-run KC rally in the seventh...Had a 1.54 ERA (2 ER in 11.2 IP) through his first 11 outings (through Aug. 30), but surrendered five runs in 0.1 innings on Sept. 3 vs. the White Sox and three runs in 1.1 innings at Milwaukee on Sept. 18...Recorded his first career save on Sept. 24 vs. Detroit, recording the last four outs of an 8-7 triumph…after allowing an RBI single to Willi Castro in the eighth, retired the next four hitters...Matched a career-high with four strikeouts on Sept. 26 vs. Detroit.
Pitched in 27 games with the Royals across five big league stints, going 1-0 with a 3.77 ERA (13 ER in 31.0 IP) ... Missed nearly three weeks of action, being placed on the Injured List (right shoulder inflammation) on Aug. 22… reinstated on Sept. 10 ... Held right-handed batters to a .174 average (12-for-69), which ranked fifth among AL relievers (min. 70 RHB faced)…however, lefties hit .354 (17-for-48) against him ... Between May 12-Aug. 17, he pitched to a 0.68 ERA (1 ER in 13.1 IP) and held opponents to a .188 average (9-for-48), spanning 13 appearances at the big league level ... Earned his lone victory on July 12 vs. Detroit, tossing a scoreless seventh inning ahead of KC taking the lead in the bottom of the inning ... Made 22 appearances with Omaha (AAA), going 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA (12 ER in 28.0 IP), collecting 30 strikeouts (9.64 K/9).
Made a career-high 55 appearances between Northwest Arkansas (AA), Omaha (AAA) and Kansas City, and combined to go 7-0 with 15 saves and a 2.29 ERA (16 ER in 63 IP)...Named Northwest Arkansas Pitcher of the Year… started the season with the Naturals and went 2-0 with 12 saves, a 2.12 ERA (7 ER in 29.2 IP) and 37 strikeouts (11.2 K/9) in 25 appearances...Made 16 appearances with Triple-A Omaha, where he went 3-0 with three saves and a 0.90 ERA (2 ER in 20 IP)...Made his Major League debut on Aug. 20 in Tampa Bay, becoming the Royals' lowest-round draft pick to debut with the club since Jarrod Dyson (50th round in 2006) debuted in 2010...Recorded a scoreless ninth inning on Sept. 1 vs. Baltimore, ahead of Whit Merrifield's walk-off HR in the bottom half, to earn his first Major League win...Pitched a scoreless 10th inning on Sept. 10 vs. the White Sox, ahead of Brian Goodwin's walk-off run on an E1 in the bottom half, to earn his second win...Held opponents scoreless in 11 of his first 13 Major League outings, in which he had a 2.13 ERA (3 ER in 12.2 IP) and .200 opponents' average (9-for-45)...Surrendered four runs-a grand slam to Josh Donaldson-on four hits and a walk in his last game on Sept. 28 vs. Cleveland...Of the eight runs he allowed, seven came via HR, all vs. Cleveland: Edwin Encarnacion on Aug. 26 (2- run HR), Yandy Diaz on Sept. 4 (solo HR) and Josh Donaldson on Sept. 28 (grand slam)...In 10 games vs. teams other than Cleveland, he allowed just four hits in 8.1 scoreless innings.