Sean Newcomb

Age 26 SP
  • Born 06/12/1993
  • Bats L
  • Team: Atlanta Braves
2019 Statistics
W-L
7-3
IP
68.1
ERA
3.16
WHIP
1.32
K
65
K%
22.1
2020 Prediction
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2018
2019
Changeup
6.9% Thrown 87.4 MPH 25.3 CSW%
Curveball
19.6% Thrown 78.8 MPH 32.2 CSW%
Four-Seamer
65.2% Thrown 94.3 MPH 27.4 CSW%
Slider
8.3% Thrown 81.4 MPH 25.5 CSW%

Newcomb’s changeup came in seven ticks slower than his fastball, but the pitch got hit pretty hard, allowing a .302 ISO.

GIF made by Matt Wallach. Blurb written by Rich Holman

Newcomb’s curveball got a 71.4% GB rate, and thanks to a kind .190 BABIP, allowed a .095 BAA.

GIF made by Matt Wallach. Blurb written by Rich Holman

Newcomb’s fastball hit a career-best 94 mph average velocity, which makes sense considering he made the transition to a reliever. The pitch got an increased GB%, but still struggled with allowing homers, sporting a 14.3% HR/FB rate.

GIF made by Matt Wallach. Blurb written by Rich Holman

Newcomb’s slider hit the zone 45.5% of the time, the highest clip of his career, but the pitch’s SwStr% and K% suffered because of it. The pitch still performed well, allowing a 30 wRC+, but the K% fell from 52% to 33.3%.

GIF made by Matt Wallach. Blurb written by Rich Holman
2018
2019
Four-Seamer
62.4% Thrown 93.0 MPH
Changeup
19.1% Thrown 86.3 MPH
Curveball
14.3% Thrown 76.8 MPH
Slider
4.2% Thrown 80.4 MPH

Newcomb took a strong step forward with his fastball in his sophomore campaign. The velocity dropped ever so slightly, though that may have been deliberate on his end with the hope of finding his control. He actually threw less strikes, but found less of the plate, seeing batting average and slugging percentage against the fastball drop significantly from 2017.

Newcomb’s changeup generated less swing-and-misses in 2018 than in 2017, but hitters had a worse average and slugging percentage against the lefty. The driving force could be the fact that he had less movement, particularly horizontally, thus changing planes more quickly.

It’s practically a guarantee that hitters will pound Newcomb’s hook into the ground when they’re able to get on it. Timing is crucial with this pitch because it has a ton of tilt. It’s not flashy, but it’s very effective.

Though it has depth, Newcomb’s slider bears comparison to old school sliders that relied on horizontal action. He only uses it in small doses, though it has been a very effective pitch for him. Based on Newcomb’s 2018, he has a pretty strong feel for when he should turn to the slider.

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