The transfers had head coach John Cunningham looking forward to the year.
"I still think we have a good shot at being quite successful this season," Cunningham told The Times. "On paper, we have the makings of a pretty fine team."
Newby went on from San Diego to turn pro. His pro career, however, turned out to be brief. He played a single season.
Newby's career began and ended in 1990, signed by the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent out of San Diego.
Newby's college career started at Mt. San Jacinto College. He then moved to San Diego for 1988. He came on in relief and helped preserve an April 1988 win. In another game that month, Newby shut down opposing hitters for four innings on two hits.
With the Cardinals, Newby played at short-season Hamilton. He got into 24 games, all in relief. He picked up three wins, two saves and a 2.73 ERA, marking the extent of his career.
- Los Angeles Times, Feb. 4, 1988: USD's Team, Coach Gaining Recognition
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,538
Made the Majors:1,016-40.0%
Never Made Majors:1,522-60.0%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 422
10+ Seasons in the Minors:259