Acquired: Via trade from the Angels on November 12, 2015, with RHP Chris Ellis and INF Erick Aybar for SS Andrelton Simmons (ATL). Originally drafted in the first round (#15 overall) of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft (LAA).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|3-3 with a 2.97 ERA in 11 starts at Gwinnett (Triple-A), striking out 74 and walking 33 in 57 2/3 innings while allowing 45 hits for a .212 BAA.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Gwinnett on June 10 along with RHP Matt Wisler when RHP Jason Hursh was sent down (the club was allowed 26 players for a doubleheader).
MLB Debut Date: 06/10/17
|June 10, in a 6-1 loss to the Mets. The starting pitcher in the first game of a doubleheader, he took the loss, despite allowing just one unearned run on four hits in six-and-one-third innings, walking two and striking out seven. Of 96 pitches thrown, 70 were for strikes. He struck out the first two batters he faced, Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto, both looking before retiring Yoenis Cespedes on a 4-3 groundout. In the second inning, Wilmer Flores led off with a single to left and Asdrubal Cabrera reached safely when he grounded back to the mound but Newcomb's force attempt at first went awry, allowing Flores to advance to third. T.J. Rivera then delivered a sacrifice fly to center to score Flores with what turned out to be an unearned run as Jose Reyes then grounded out to third. Rene Rivera followed by drawing an intentional walk before Robert Gsellman grounded out back to the mound. In the third, Lagares grounded out to third before Conforto drew a walk. After Cespedes popped out to first, Flores singled to center before Cabrera ended the inning grounding into a 6-4 force play. Newcomb retired the side in order in the fourth and fifth, including four strikeouts -- T.J. Rivera, Rene Rivera and Conforto swinging and Gsellman looking -- and retired the first two batters in the sixth when Cespedes flew out to left and Flores struck out looking to give him nine retired batters in a row because Cabrera singled to right, but T.J. Rivera grounded out back to the mound to end the threat. In the seventh, Reyes flew out to center before Rene Rivera single to left, marking the end of Newcomb's day, with right-handed reliever Jason Motte coing on in relief.|
|Originally drafted out of the University of Hartford, he opened the final season of his college career with a 39 2/3 innings shutout streak, after being a prep star in Massachusetts. The big southpaw had bloomed into the Braves' No. 1 prospect by 2016, and though he's dropped a few notches on that official list, he's still a force to be reckoned with. Being from the northeast, he came into pro ball with a fresh arm even with college under his belt. He's posted a career 3.23 ERA in 71 games, all starts, and comes off a 2-16 season where he went 8-7 with a 3.86 ERA in 27 starts at Mississippi (Double-A), striking out 152 while allowing 113 hits and walking 71 in 140 innings for a .224 BAA. In 2015, he'd combined to go 9-3 with a 2.38 ERA in 27 starts between three levels in the Angels system -- Burlington (Class A), Lake Elsinore (High A) and Arkansas (Double-A) -- striking out 168 (second in the minors) in 136 innings, walking 76 and allowing 97 hits. His 11.12 K/9 that summer was third among minor league starters. He boasts a lively fastball in the mid 90s, a plus breaking ball and a changeup, has a perfect pitcher's body, big and strong, with a clean, consistent delivery.|