Sean Newcomb
Sean Newcomb
26-Year-Old PitcherRP
Atlanta Braves
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. 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.
Picks up third win
PAtlanta Braves
July 13, 2019
Newcomb (3-1) issued two walks and struck out two in one scoreless inning, earning the win against the Padres on Saturday.
Newcomb's scoreless ninth inning put him in line for the victory when the Braves put three runs on the board in the tenth. The reliever has 36 strikeouts in 41 innings to go with a 2.41 ERA and 1.34 WHIP this year. Closer Luke Jackson has allowed one run in both of his two appearances to start the second half of the season, and Newcomb may receive a chance to close out a game if Jackson's struggles persist. Newcomb has one save and nine holds in his 26 appearances this season.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .239 328 89 34 68 8 6 9
Since 2017vs Right .243 1007 216 118 212 42 4 22
2019vs Left .311 49 13 3 14 0 0 1
2019vs Right .238 134 24 11 29 8 1 2
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
ERA on Road
ERA at Home
ERA on Road
ERA on Road
Since 2017Home 4.40 1.48 167.2 8 12 0 7.6 4.2 0.8
Since 2017Away 3.12 1.33 138.2 11 7 1 10.6 4.8 1.0
2019Home 1.98 1.32 27.1 1 0 0 6.9 3.6 0.0
2019Away 3.00 1.40 15.0 2 1 1 9.6 1.8 1.8
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 this season's data (min 20 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.
    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.
93.9 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
87.6 mph
Spin Rate
2180 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Grabs hold in return
PAtlanta Braves
June 26, 2019
Newcomb gave up two hits and struck out two in a scoreless seventh inning Tuesday to record his seventh hold of the season in a win over the Cubs.
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Returns from concussion
PAtlanta Braves
June 25, 2019
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Set for activation Tuesday
PAtlanta Braves
June 25, 2019
Newcomb (concussion) is expected to come off the 7-day IL prior to Tuesday's game against the Cubs, Mark Bowman of reports.
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Will stick in bullpen
PAtlanta Braves
June 24, 2019
Manager Brian Snitker said Sunday that he expects to keep Newcomb (concussion) in a relief role when the southpaw is reinstated from the 7-day injured list, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Begins rehab assignment
PAtlanta Braves
June 22, 2019
Newcomb (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday.
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