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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WELCOME TO THE SHOW: SEAN NEWCOMB SP ATLANTA BRAVES

Another day and another prime pitching prospect is making his way to the Major Leagues.  This time it is Atlanta Braves number 1 minor league starter Sean Newcomb who will be promoted to make his MLB debut Saturday versus the New York Mets as part of a doubleheader.  Newcomb is a decent name as far as prospects are concerned and he certainly carries big pedigree as a former 2014 first-round pick (15th overall) by the Los Angeles Angels.  Having been the main piece the Angels sent to the Braves in the Andrelton Simmons deal, Newcomb at the age of 23 fits the mold as your typical young and hard-throwing pitcher.  On the plus side, Newcomb goes into his promotion with a tiny 2.97 ERA and massive 11.55 K/9 rate at Triple-A for the Braves.  On the negative side, Newcomb is a walks machine as his 5.15 BB/9 rate is as high as a starting pitcher can possibly get.  So in essence the deal from a fantasy baseball angle with Newcomb is the same as it is for 90 percent of young strikeout arms.  There is a WHIP risk given all the free passes but also the chance for an impact to be made on the positive side in ERA and especially in K's.  Newcomb is worth picking up in all formats and stashed to see how he does in his first turn against a Mets lineup that has been hot of late.


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