Sean Newcomb
Sean Newcomb
27-Year-Old PitcherSP
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 $2.52 million contract with the Angels in July of 2014. Traded to the Braves in November of 2015.
Tagged with loss against Blue Jays
PAtlanta Braves
August 5, 2020
Newcomb (0-1) allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out four over 4.2 innings in a loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
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This qualifies as a step forward for Newcomb after he was rocked for six runs in 4.1 innings against the Mets last week, but it still was not a particularly impressive outing. He induced just seven swinging strikes and could not get through five on 92 pitches. Newcomb is best suited for bullpen duty, but with Mike Soroka (Achilles) out for the year and Cole Hamels (triceps) still sidelined indefinitely, the Braves don't have much of a choice but to trot Newcomb out there every fifth day.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
84
Last 10 Games
84
Last 5 Games
84
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 2018
 
 
-1%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-44%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-8%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-17%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .229 256 70 28 51 5 2 10
Since 2018vs Right .232 790 164 86 161 29 3 18
2020vs Left .389 19 3 0 7 1 0 1
2020vs Right .219 38 6 4 7 2 0 1
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-25%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-66%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-55%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-45%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 4.35 1.32 128.1 6 8 0 7.4 3.7 0.9
Since 2018Away 3.25 1.34 116.1 12 5 1 9.9 4.7 1.2
2020Home 8.00 1.44 9.0 0 1 0 8.0 2.0 2.0
2020Away 2.70 1.50 3.1 0 0 0 2.7 5.4 0.0
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
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Stat Review
How does Sean Newcomb compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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 120 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
2.25
 
K/9
6.6
 
BB/9
2.9
 
HR/9
1.5
 
Fastball
93.4 mph
 
ERA
6.57
 
WHIP
1.46
 
BABIP
.318
 
GB/FB
1.07
 
Left On Base
59.2%
 
Exit Velocity
81.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.2%
 
Spin Rate
2343 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
19.7%
 
Swinging Strike
7.5%
 
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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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Gives up six runs in no-decision
PAtlanta Braves
July 31, 2020
Newcomb allowed six runs on six hits and one walk while striking out four over 4.1 innings in Friday's win against the Mets. He didn't factor into the decision.
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Solid outing Sunday
PAtlanta Braves
July 26, 2020
Newcomb pitched 3.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks while striking out one in a no-decision versus the Mets on Sunday.
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Starting in third game
PAtlanta Braves
July 20, 2020
Newcomb will start Sunday against the Mets, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Appears set for rotation
PAtlanta Braves
July 11, 2020
Newcomb appears to be manager Brian Snitker's first choice for the No. 5 rotation spot, Gabriel Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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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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