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Birth Date6-12-1993
Height6' 5"
Weight255 lbs
Age27 years, 4 months, 18 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

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2017 ATL MLB 19 19 100.0 4 9 0 100 57 108 10 94 9.0 5.1 0.9 9.7 46% .327 1.57 4.20 4.32 98 4.61 98.2 1.1
2018 ATL MLB 31 30 164.0 12 9 0 137 81 160 18 94 7.5 4.4 1.0 8.8 44% .273 1.33 4.09 3.90 101 3.83 85.7 2.8
2019 ATL MLB 55 4 68.3 6 3 1 61 29 65 8 100 8.0 3.8 1.1 8.6 51% .282 1.32 4.19 3.16 99 4.13 84.8 1.0

Statistics for All Levels

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2014 BUR A MID 4 4 11.7 0 1 0 13 5 15 1 99 10.0 3.9 0.8 11.6 0% .387 1.54 3.30 6.94 92 5.07 107.4
2014 ANG Rk AZL 2 2 3.0 0 0 0 3 1 3 1 9.0 3.0 3.0 9.0 0% .286 1.33 7.34 3.00 0 0.00 0.0
2015 BUR A MID 7 7 34.3 1 0 0 25 19 45 1 102 6.6 5.0 0.3 11.8 0% .308 1.28 2.89 1.83 85 3.43 75.2
2015 INL A+ CAL 13 13 65.7 6 1 0 50 33 84 2 98 6.9 4.5 0.3 11.5 0% .300 1.26 3.17 2.47 89 3.34 73.3
2015 ARK AA TEX 7 7 36.0 2 2 0 22 24 39 2 102 5.5 6.0 0.5 9.8 0% .235 1.28 3.93 2.75 95 2.99 65.7
2016 MIS AA SOU 27 27 140.0 8 7 0 113 71 152 4 91 7.3 4.6 0.3 9.8 45% .302 1.31 3.18 3.86 92 3.55 78.4
2017 ATL MLB NL 19 19 100.0 4 9 0 100 57 108 10 94 9.0 5.1 0.9 9.7 46% .327 1.57 4.20 4.32 98 4.61 98.2
2017 GWN AAA INT 11 11 57.7 3 3 0 45 33 74 3 93 7.0 5.2 0.5 11.5 41% .304 1.35 3.22 2.97 87 3.62 77.0
2018 ATL MLB NL 31 30 164.0 12 9 0 137 81 160 18 94 7.5 4.4 1.0 8.8 44% .273 1.33 4.09 3.90 101 3.83 85.7
2019 ATL MLB NL 55 4 68.3 6 3 1 61 29 65 8 100 8.0 3.8 1.1 8.6 51% .282 1.32 4.19 3.16 99 4.13 84.8
2019 GWN AAA INT 4 3 20.7 2 1 0 14 5 20 1 107 6.1 2.2 0.4 8.7 47% .241 0.92 3.04 2.18 81 2.22 45.7

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2017 1854 0.4283 0.4536 0.7241 0.6537 0.3038 0.8035 0.5963 0.2759
2018 2919 0.4687 0.4406 0.7496 0.6491 0.2566 0.8142 0.6055 0.2504
2019 1177 0.4894 0.4537 0.7697 0.6597 0.2562 0.8237 0.6364 0.2303

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation


Year Team Salary
2020 ATL $593,500
2019 ATL $575,000
2018 ATL $555,000
2017 ATL $
2 yrPrevious$1,130,000
3 yrPvs + Cur$1,723,500
3 yrTotal$1,723,500


Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 108 dLegacy Agency1 year/$593,500 (2020)

  • 1 year/$593,500 (2020). Re-signed by Atlanta 3/20.
  • 1 year/$575,000 (2019). Re-signed by Atlanta 3/19.
  • 1 year/$0.555M (2018). Re-signed by Atlanta 3/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Contract selected by Atlanta 6/10/17.
  • Acquired by Atlanta in trade from LA Angels 11/12/15.
  • Drafted by LA Angels 2014 (1-15) (Hartford). $2.5184M signing bonus ($2.4756M slot).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

90o 0 0 0 0 0 11.1 8 5 12 1 .255 1.17 2.83 3.23 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 0 0 0 7.3 5 4 8 1 .267 1.24 3.14 3.59 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 0 0 0 4.6 4 2 5 0 .275 1.29 3.38 3.85 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 0 0 0 2.3 2 1 3 0 .281 1.33 3.58 4.08 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 0 0 0 0 .288 1.38 3.77 4.3 0.0 0.0
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2020-03-09 12:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Daniel Murphy and Sean Newcomb this year? Can Murphy still be a .300/25 HR guy in Colorado and is Newcomb ready to bust out this year as a quality starter----or do you think his control issues will continue to limit his ceiling? Thx
(bob from philly)
Murphy seems to be having the post-peak steep 2B decline, but he can obviously still hit. Depends on how healthy his legs are at any given time. The Braves haven't been too inclined to start Newcomb given their depth of options, but I guess he is back in the mix and I've always liked him, but we are going on like five years of never quite getting the control/command together now. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2019-05-06 23:45:00 (link to chat)Hear any buzz on Edward cabrera?
(Reggie from Cleveland)
Two good pitches and room to grow:

I hope Sean Newcomb figures it out. I've never been able to quite understand why his command and control are as bad as they've always consistently been. He's a little rushed through his early progressions for my taste, and there's a lack of flow to his actions. It's a simple enough delivery tho to where it just seems like he should be able to figure it out. (Wilson Karaman)
2018-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Sean Newcomb had a bit of a Jekyll & Hyde season in ‘18. I see a great pitcher in the making, etting he improves his control as he gains experience. What say you?
(Tibbs from Philly)
I still like Newcomb a lot and picked him as one of my 10 breakout pitchers heading into 2018. Throwing more strikes is obviously the biggest key. He made some progress with that, but not enough. But everything else, from stuff and secondary numbers to age and development, seem to point to a front-line starter. (Aaron Gleeman)
2018-12-12 17:00:00 (link to chat)Other than Dylan Bundy (who I see you're high on) who are some of your other mid 20 year old breakout pitching candidates?
(Zamzow from Sunset Grill)
I like Joe Musgrove and Sean Newcomb is a big breakout guy for me if the command improves. (Mike Gianella)
2018-08-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)What is your prognosis for the career of Sean Newcomb? Do you see him as the future ace of the Braves staff? What does the move to Atlanta do to Kevin Gausman's future? The early results are certainly impressive. Thank you!
(Mr. Bird from Baltimore)
Hard to decide what his next 10 years or so look like because so much is going to change, whether that's injury, new pitches, new tweaks, etc. I don't think he's a future ace, but I do think he can slowly hone his control and become a really good SP3 with flashes of better. Gausman has two more years of arbitration after 2018, which normally I'd say the team would ride out. But with the 583 starts in the Braves minors, I could see them shipping him out at some point for some help at right field? (Eddy Almaguer)
2018-04-23 20:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty points league, would you trade Sean Newcomb for Gregory Polanco?
(cracker73 from Florida)
Yeah. Polanco has been unlucky (.200 BABIP), is hitting the ball harder, has more than doubled his walk rate and is putting the ball in the air more (albeit too much). I like Newcomb but Polanco can be great. (Eddy Almaguer)
2018-02-28 20:00:00 (link to chat)Poolide here drinking my strawberry-lemon mojito and I'm salivating over the prospects of Sean Newcomb this year. Misguided fantasy?
(Zamzow from Miami Beach)
Did you see that curveball he threw the other day? Nasty. His FB/CB combo is great, but man, he does not have any control. Until he fixes something to improve it, his ceiling is capped. (Eddy Almaguer)
2017-11-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could you rank these 4 and give any insight into their future: Sean Newcomb, Erick Fedde, Max Fried, Anthony Banda.
(Cole Whittier from Pasadena, CA)
I think you probably have the right order (I am ride or die with Newcomb). Could make a case for Fried over Fedde and I think that's the tightest tier here. Fedde and Fried more likely to be relievers than Banda, but the stuff is just better. I still think Newcomb can be a no. 3 (and yeah I know what I just said about Stephenson) (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-08-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of pitcher does Sean Newcomb evolve into?
(Sean99 from Chicago)
I know that in the Annual this year we said his upside is a No. 2. Not with a 13% walk rate, he's not. If he can develop command, I could see him being very good. But I don't see a lot of evolution on that front. He had three starts in June with a Game Score over 60 and he's 0-for-9 since. Yeah, I know, GS is not a super stat, but it's indicative at a high level. Right now he's looking to me like a Julio Teheran type of guy--talented but maddeningly inconsistent. Getting strikes is really a good thing. (Rob Mains)
2017-09-12 23:00:00 (link to chat)I hate to say this, but has Jerry Dipoto ever produced a good farm system? Sean Newcomb is the only top pick he's ever drafted that has been good.
(Shaemus from Muncie)
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In LA? Nah. In Seattle. Nah (yet?). (Megan Rowley)
2017-07-06 12:00:00 (link to chat)Newcomb showed the same pros and cons he always has in the minors this year but got promoted before this came out. In the discussion if he hadn't been called up? He's looked pretty filthy in (most of) his starts in Atlanta.
(Wells from Queens)
I love me some Sean Newcomb, he'd have been in the mix. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)You buying on either Carlos Gomez (Tex) or Sean Newcomb in a deep roto league ROS?
(lipitorkid from Costa Mesa, CA)
In a deep league, I will ALWAYS take a chance on a player like Carlos Gomez--there just aren't that many players who can give you HRs and SBs. Newcomb's walks scare me. Guys like that kill your WHIP. Yeah, I know, he's been OK so far, but that's because of a .229 BABIP that he won't keep. (Rob Mains)
2016-11-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)What chance do you give Sean Newcomb of reaching the ceiling the Braves saw when they traded for him?
(Seth from Raleigh, NC)
I assume the Braves saw the same stuff I saw when he was at University of Hartford. Easy left velocity, feel for the secondaries, ideal frame. He just hasn't thrown enough strikes, and at a certain point the whole "cold weather guy just in need of pro instruction" becomes "Command profile projects best in relief." He just has never sorted his delivery out. Lefties put it together late as they say, and I will probably be one of the last people to give up on him as a power lefty workhorse starter. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-10-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Tyler Glasnow's stock down right now? Mainly referring to continued problems issuing free passes and the late season shoulder discomfort.
(John from PA)
I think so. At a certain point your command/control is what it is. I think Glasnow will be better than what he has shown, but he might always be frustrating. Of course, I am also the last believer in Sean Newcomb, so... (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-09-12 23:00:00 (link to chat)What are some of the prospects you're most looking forward to seeing next year?
(Justin from NY)
Well, unfortunately the Astros and Rangers are gettin' stole by those dirty, dastardly Carolinians, but the Cal should still have some interesting talent piping in, highlighted by what should be just a stupid Lake Elsinore rotation with Espinoza, Quantrill, and Lauer. I hope Anfernee Greier crushes his full-season debut and gets bumped aggressively, because he's a dude I'm real curious to see in the flesh. Though he might get traded for a a 34-year-old back-up catcher this winter, so who knows. Skye Bolt's a kid I liked on the Cape, but who hasn't exactly hit the ground running, be interested to see what he looks like nowadays. Matt Thaiss might be the first legitimately interesting prospect to come through Inland Empire since Sean Newcomb's brief stint in the first half of last year. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-06-16 21:00:00 (link to chat)Sean Newcomb has a lot of walks this year... Does he ever reach SP1 or is at best a SP2/3
(Tim from Okc)
He may not even get to SP2/3 level if those walks don't come down. SP1 is out of the question for me barring an unforeseen improvement. (Bret Sayre)
2016-05-16 23:00:00 (link to chat)How much do you like Sean Newcomb? SP2?
(Rich from Elliott City)
I liked Newcomb a lot when I saw him a couple times at the dawn of his High-A career last year. Cold weather lefty with some stiffness and size to the frame, so figured it may take him a while to tone down what I thought were fixable aspects of his delivery that were feeding the command issues. That doesn't sound like it's really happened yet though. Projection sounds a bit high given some stagnant progress at this point, but stuff- and body-wise he checks an awful lot of boxes. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-04-12 18:00:00 (link to chat)Are you a Sean Newcomb believer? Can he get the walks under control?
(Eddie from Carolina)
I am a Sean Newcomb believer, so yeah, I believe he can at least keep the walks to a dull roar. If he's going to be a TOR guy, he's going to have to improve the fastball command substantially, but the stuff is good enough to "overcome" the fringe-average command. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-03-14 14:30:00 (link to chat)Dillion Tate, Jeff Hoffman, Sean Newcomb, Jake Thompson. Who's an SP1 in 3-4 years?
(Negan from Washington DC)
Probably none of them. Thompson the safest choice. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2016-01-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)How badly is LAA going to miss giving up Sean Newcomb? If he can iron out some control issues, what does the ceiling look like? I've seen a Jon Lester comp in several places.
(Dave from San Diego)
Ah the "if game." *IF* he irons out his control issues, he's a frontline starter. The reality is that there's work to be done in that category, and few can go from 4.9 walks per nine to under 2, like Clayton Kershaw did. How much they'll miss him will of course depend on what Simmons, and more realistically, the Angels do in the next few years. (Top 101 Chat with Craig Goldstein)
2016-01-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)His Robert Stephenson the right handed version of Sean Newcomb? Great stuff, terrible command? Do you expect either to debut in MLB in 2016 or is the command/control so bad that we're looking at 2017 at the earliest?
(Kip from Dayton)
Control is obviously a sticking point for both, but both are work-in-progress overall. I'd certainly expect to see Stephenson debut in 2016. 2017 might make more sense for Newcomb, depending on his progress. (Top 101 Chat with Craig Goldstein)
2015-09-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Sean Newcomb led the minors in strikeouts this year. If he can sharpen his control - he still hasn't pitched for very long and comes from a cold weather state - are we looking at a future topline ace in the making?
(hausman from chicago)
I never saw an Ace. I just don't think he'll ever repeat terribly well and his command won't be great, but he's going to have a long, successful career as a big league starter with flashes where he looks frontline. (Al Skorupa)
2015-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)With the mess of a rotation LAA has do you think they go after one of the premier free agents or stay in house with Skaggs, Tropeano, etc. Also, what do you think of Chris Ellis ?
(Barry from San Diego)
Boy for having one of the best young players of all time that whole team is kinda a mess. I think they probably spend the $ because that's what Moreno does. Ellis is interesting, maybe their second best prospect behind Sean Newcomb with two above-average pitches. Being the second best prospect in that system isn't saying a whole lot, but Ellis could be a solid back-end guy. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-07-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Sean Newcomb so far? Lots of K's already.
(George from Costanza)
I like him. He's a big dude with mechanical inconsistencies and less polish than you'd typically see from a college pitcher (cold weather guy), so the burn's gonna be longer and slower. But he's got the kind of body and athleticism that I can see developing average command eventually, and if that happens he's got the arsenal to develop into a very, very good pitcher. Wrote him up at length after his Cal League debut: (Wilson Karaman)
2015-06-15 19:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on grant Holmes, Sean Newcomb and Blake Snell and whose done more to increase his stock?
(Jquinton82 from NY)
I'm not sure there's a prospect who's had a better year than Blake Snell. Newcomb's command has been worse than anticipated, so it's hard to say he's helped his stock at all. Holmes has met expectations; his stuff is too good for the Midwest League. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2015-04-29 20:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks Bret. Could you rank these prospect starters? Brent Honeywell, Sean Newcomb and Rob Kaminsky
(Keith from Manchester, CT)
I'd go Honeywell, Kaminsky, Newcomb. (Bret Sayre)
2015-02-12 19:00:00 (link to chat)How do you feel about the Angels' farm system? Will Sean Newcomb be a savior for us Angels fans?
(Dennis from LA)
The Angels' farm system is a wee bit of a mess right now, to be honest. One pitching prospect does not a savior make, but he's certainly very interesting. (Kate Morrison)

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