|Born: June 12, 1993|
|June 10, 2017, for the Atlanta Braves|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2022 season)
|Earned run average||4.52|
Sean William Newcomb (born June 12, 1993) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He played college baseball at the University of Hartford. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected Newcomb in the first round of the 2014 MLB draft, and traded him to the Atlanta Braves in 2015. He made his MLB debut in 2017 with the Braves, and has also played for the Chicago Cubs.
Newcomb attended Middleborough High School in Middleborough, Massachusetts. As a senior, he had a 0.46 earned run average (ERA) with 110 strikeouts in 58 innings pitched.
After high school, Newcomb enrolled at the University of Hartford. As a freshman for the Hartford Hawks baseball team in 2012, Newcomb started nine games before suffering a season-ending injury. His first college win was a no-hitter against Yale. He finished the year with a 2–4 win–loss record with a 4.17 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 45+1⁄3 innings. As a sophomore in 2013, he started 12 of 13 games, going 5–4 with a 3.75 ERA and 92 strikeouts over 72 innings. In 2012 and 2013, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League. Newcomb started his junior season without allowing a run through his first 39+2⁄3 innings. He finished the year 8–2 with a 1.25 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 93+1⁄3 innings. He was named the 2014 America East Pitcher of the Year, becoming the first Hawk to win a major conference award.
Newcomb was considered a top prospect for the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. He was drafted in the first round, 15th overall, by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He signed with the Angels, receiving a $2,518,000 signing bonus. Newcomb was assigned to the Class A Burlington Bees and later, in 2015, promoted to the Class AA Arkansas Travelers, where he ended his first full season in professional baseball; he had a combined 2.38 ERA across 3 levels. Finishing 2nd in minor league baseball with 168 strikeouts.
On November 12, 2015, the Angels traded Newcomb, Erick Aybar, Chris Ellis and cash considerations to the Atlanta Braves for Andrelton Simmons and José Briceño. The Braves invited Newcomb to spring training and he spent the 2016 season with the Double A Mississippi Braves. While pitching in the Southern League, he posted 4.6 walks per nine innings with a 3.86 ERA.
Newcomb was invited to spring training for the second time at the start of the 2017 season. He started the 2017 season with the Gwinnett Braves of the Class AAA International League. Newcomb pitched to a 2.97 ERA in 54+2⁄3 innings, alongside 74 strikeouts and 33 walks prior to his first promotion to the major leagues. He made his major league debut on June 10, 2017, for the Braves at SunTrust Park against the New York Mets. He pitched 6+1⁄3 innings, allowing four hits and one unearned run with seven strikeouts. For the season, he was 4–9 with a 4.32 ERA. On July 29, 2018, Newcomb took a no-hitter through 8+2⁄3 innings until Chris Taylor singled. The Braves defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4–1. After this outing, social media posts Newcomb made to Twitter at the age of eighteen came to light. The comments included homophobic slurs and racial epithets. During the 2018 season, Newcomb tallied an ERA of 3.91, but struggled over his final fourteen starts, recording a 5.50 ERA in that span.
Newcomb started the Braves' first game at SunTrust Park in 2019. He faced the Chicago Cubs, pitching four innings of an 8–0 win. Newcomb completed the seventh inning in his next game against the Miami Marlins, but struggled against the New York Mets, leading to his demotion to the Gwinnett Stripers on April 14. Newcomb returned to the major league club on May 4, and made several relief appearances. He returned to the starting rotation to face the Philadelphia Philles on June 15, 2019. Newcomb was struck in the head by a batted ball from J. T. Realmuto, and left the game. He was subsequently placed on the seven-day injured list. Newcomb was reactivated on June 25, and faced the Chicago Cubs as a reliever that night. Newcomb endured an abysmal 2020 season, registering a 11.20 ERA in 13.2 innings pitched across 4 games, striking out only 10.
In 2021 with the Braves he was 2–0 with one save and a 4.73 ERA, as in 32 relief appearances he pitched 32.1 innings, walked 27 batters, and struck out 43 batters.The Braves finished with an 88–73 record, clinching the NL East, and eventually won the 2021 World Series, giving the Braves their first title since 1995.
The Braves designated Newcomb for assignment on April 19, 2022.
On April 20, 2022, Newcomb was traded to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Jesse Chavez and cash considerations. In June, Newcomb was outrighted to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. On September 17, Newcomb was once again designated for assignment by the Cubs. He elected free agency on October 6, 2022.
Newcomb was a fan of the Boston Red Sox growing up.