Sean Newcomb
Sean Newcomb
27-Year-Old PitcherRP
Atlanta Braves
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Newcomb was demoted to Triple-A after three bad starts to begin 2019. He moved to the bullpen upon his return in May and enjoyed quite a bit of success in relief, but any speculative closer appeal he had evaporated when team traded for several established bullpen arms at the trade deadline. As a reliever, Newcomb had a 25.6 K% and an 8.5 BB% -- much more palatable than his 14.3 BB% mark as a starter -- while holding opponents to a .215 average. His fastball played up and Newcomb's groundball rate increased to 50% in relief. Command was always a big concern with Newcomb, and at this point it seems like the bullpen is the best place for his strengths to play up while his deficiencies are mitigated, although the Braves are saying he will be stretched out again this spring. His top competition for the fifth starter's spot will be Kyle Wright, who is the better late-round target for fantasy. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Angels in July of 2014 that includes a $2.52 million signing bonus. Traded to the Braves in November of 2015.
Competing for rotation spot
PAtlanta Braves
July 7, 2020
Newcomb will compete for the final spot in the Braves' rotation with Felix Hernandez opting out of the 2020 season, Charles Odum of the Associated Press reports.
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The big southpaw had a 2.00 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 11:2 K:BB in nine innings during spring training. Newcomb will be competing primarily with Kyle Wright, but Bryse Wilson could also factor in. Even if Newcomb doesn't open the year in the rotation, he will be stretched out enough to piggyback starters whose workloads need to be managed, so he could pick up some wins regardless of his role.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
21
Last 10 Games
12
Last 5 Games
9
How many pitches does Sean Newcomb generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-4%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-8%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-17%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .231 366 99 40 73 8 6 10
Since 2017vs Right .241 1079 234 127 225 44 4 26
2019vs Left .250 87 23 9 19 0 0 2
2019vs Right .230 206 42 20 42 10 1 6
2018vs Left .194 150 44 19 25 4 2 7
2018vs Right .234 546 116 62 112 17 2 11
2017vs Left .261 129 32 12 29 4 4 1
2017vs Right .259 327 76 45 71 17 1 9
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-19%
ERA on Road
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-55%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-45%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-15%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.24 1.41 182.1 9 13 0 7.7 4.1 0.8
Since 2017Away 3.42 1.38 150.0 13 8 1 10.6 5.0 1.1
2019Home 2.14 1.10 42.0 2 1 0 7.7 3.6 0.4
2019Away 4.78 1.67 26.1 4 2 1 9.9 4.1 2.1
2018Home 5.12 1.44 77.1 4 6 0 7.2 4.0 1.0
2018Away 2.80 1.23 86.2 8 3 0 10.2 4.9 0.9
2017Home 4.57 1.60 63.0 3 6 0 8.3 4.7 0.9
2017Away 3.89 1.51 37.0 1 3 0 12.2 5.8 1.0
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Stat Review
How does Sean Newcomb compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.24
 
K/9
8.6
 
BB/9
3.8
 
HR/9
1.1
 
Fastball
94.4 mph
 
ERA
3.16
 
WHIP
1.32
 
BABIP
.293
 
GB/FB
1.80
 
Left On Base
78.7%
 
Exit Velocity
87.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.6%
 
Spin Rate
2281 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
30.9%
 
Swinging Strike
9.9%
 
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Newcomb made 30 starts and one relief appearance for the Braves in 2018, more or less matching his peripheral numbers from his 19-start rookie campaign while lowering his ERA to 3.90. His underlying numbers were fine for a back-end starter, as he combined a roughly average 23.0% strikeout rate with a high 11.6% walk rate. He did fall off a bit at the end of the year, allowing at least five runs in four of his final eight starts, leading to a late skipped start and casting his postseason role into doubt (though he did go on to make a start in the NLDS). That late-season loss of faith brings into question Newcomb's stability in the rotation. The Braves still have a large stable of pitching prospects, and the lefty could be one of the first to make way should one of them break out or if the Braves deal from that prospect depth for established starters. He'd still have a roster spot in the bullpen.
Newcomb was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett on June 10 and stuck in the Braves' rotation the rest of the season, making 19 starts. He earned his promotion with a 2.97 ERA and 74 whiffs in 57.2 innings on the farm. After his first four major-league starts, he was sporting a sparkling 1.48 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. Then, the honeymoon ended as he tallied a 5.23 ERA and 1.73 WHIP the rest of the way. Newcomb is "one skill away," as he misses plenty of bats while limiting homers. His shortcoming is control -- Newcomb has a double-digit walk percentage for his pro career. An 11.1 percent swinging-strike rate in his rookie campaign is promising, though a low 59 percent first-pitch strike mark tempers punchout potential. The Braves have accumulated a bevy of high-end pitching prospects, but most of them are not quite ready to push Newcomb for a rotation spot. He will have another season to try to throw more strikes, but if he doesn't make strides in that department, he could be pushed to the bullpen in 2019 or 2020.
Newcomb walked 71 Southern League hitters in 140 innings. To put that in perspective, only 16 MLB pitchers walked that many hitters in 2016, and only two of them (Ubaldo Jimenez and Francisco Liriano) failed to top 170 innings. Sure, Newcomb is not a finished product, but this is the second offseason in a row where "control issues" needed to be a part of the first sentence of his outlook. Nobody doubts the big lefty's stuff -- a mid-90s fastball and hammer curveball stand out in his repertoire. However, with each passing year, the notion that he may be better suited for relief gains more credence. He will turn 24 in June, so this seems like a potential make-or-break year for him to improve his control to the point that he would be more valuable to Atlanta taking the ball every fifth day, rather than embarrassing hitters in high-leverage spots out of the bullpen.
Newcomb convincingly demonstrated last season that he is one of the premier bat-missers in the minor leagues. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound southpaw fanned 168 over 136 innings across three levels, and posted K rates above 30 percent at Low-A and High-A before finishing the season at Double-A. Hitters in the lower levels were clearly no match for Newcomb, as he put up video game numbers before getting a truer test in the Texas League. He still put up a sterling 2.75 ERA In seven starts (36 innings) at Double-A Arkansas, but his 39:24 K:BB is a bit concerning. He headlined the package Atlanta received from the Angels for Andrelton Simmons during the offseason, but that trade does not noticeably affect his stock in dynasty leagues. There’s no denying Newcomb’s repertoire, with an easy plus fastball and a slider and changeup that can both flash plus. However, his control is fringe average at best, which adds a significant amount of risk to the profile.
A first-round pick by the Angels in the 2014 draft, Newcomb has begun a quick ascension through the minor leagues, as he threw just three innings in rookie ball before being promoted to Low-A Burlington. While he did not perform well overall in his first taste of professional baseball, he did feature impressive punchout rates, tallying 18 strikeouts in 14.2 innings in time split between the two levels. Newcomb is considered a high-ceiling prospect, as he has a repertoire that consists of four pitches, including a mid-90s fastball and a curveball, which could develop into a plus offering. The 21-year-old has had some control issues, and will likely benefit from a tweak to his mechanics, but was able to lower his walk rate from 4.6 BB/9 in 2013 to 3.7 BB/9 during his final season at the University of Hartford.
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Likely starting with innings limit
PAtlanta Braves
June 24, 2020
General manager Alex Anthopolous said Wednesday that the Braves will be cautious with their starters, limiting them to 2-to-4 innings their first couple times through the rotation, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Gets work in against live hitters
PAtlanta Braves
May 16, 2020
Newcomb, Mike Foltynewicz and Mike Soroka were all able to pitch against live hitters this week, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Strong spring continues
PAtlanta Braves
March 9, 2020
Newcomb allowed three hits and two walks over four scoreless innings while striking out four in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees.
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In good shape for rotation spot
PAtlanta Braves
March 3, 2020
Newcomb is considered a "leading candidate" for one of the two remaining openings in the Braves' Opening Day rotation, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Erratic first appearance
PAtlanta Braves
February 27, 2020
Newcomb got the start in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles, allowing two runs on three hits over two innings with four strikeouts, Gabriel Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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