Sean Newcomb

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Sean William Newcomb

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Pitcher Sean Newcomb was drafted in the 1st round of the 2014 amateur draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and scout Nick Gorneault, with the 15th overall pick. That made him the highest drafted player in the history of the University of Hartford. He signed with the Angels on July 20th, a few days before the deadline. He made his debut that summer with the AZL Angels, appearing in two games before being promoted to the Burlington Bees. He was 0-1, 6.28 in 6 starts that first year, pitching 14 1/3 innings.

In 2015, he pitched for three different minor league teams. He began the season with Burlington, then was promoted to the Inland Empire 66ers after 7 starts, and moved up to AA with the Arkansas Travelers of the Texas League at the beginning of August. he was a combined 9-3, 2.38 in 27 starts and struck out 168 batters in 138 innings to confirm his rank as the top pitching prospect in the Angels organization. However, on November 12th, he was traded to the Atlanta Braves along with fellow pitching prospect Chris Ellis, SS Erick Aybar and $2.5 million in return for SS Andrelton Simmons and minor league catcher Jose Briceno. He then sopent the 2016 season with the Mississippi Braves of the Southern League, where he was 8-7, 3.86 in 27 starts, striking out 152 batters in 140 innings. He began the 2017 season with the Gwinnett Braves and was 3-3, 2.97 after 11 starts when he was called up to Atlanta.

Newcomb made his major league debut starting for the Braves in the first game of a doubleheader against the New York Mets on June 10, 2017. He was terrific, giving up only an unearned run in 6 1/3 innings while striking out 7. The run was unearned because of his own error in the 2nd inning. Unfortunately, his opponent that day, Robert Gsellman, pitched even better, with 6 2/3 scoreless innings, and Sean was ultimately charged with his team's 6-1 loss. He recorded his first career win on June 27th, pitching six scoreless innings against the San Diego Padres in a 3-0 win.

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