Sean Newcomb
27-Year-Old PitcherRP
Atlanta Braves
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Newcomb was demoted to Triple-A after three bad starts to begin 2019. He moved to the bullpen upon his return in May and enjoyed quite a bit of success in relief, but any speculative closer appeal he had evaporated when team traded for several established bullpen arms at the trade deadline. As a reliever, Newcomb had a 25.6 K% and an 8.5 BB% -- much more palatable than his 14.3 BB% mark as a starter -- while holding opponents to a .215 average. His fastball played up and Newcomb's groundball rate increased to 50% in relief. Command was always a big concern with Newcomb, and at this point it seems like the bullpen is the best place for his strengths to play up while his deficiencies are mitigated, although the Braves are saying he will be stretched out again this spring. His top competition for the fifth starter's spot will be Kyle Wright, who is the better late-round target for fantasy. Read Past Outlooks
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