Time is running out on Sean Newcomb remaining part of the Braves organization
While he did not pitch terribly in his 2022 Atlanta debut, time is running out for left-hander Sean Newcomb to be a part of the Braves organization. Newcomb is 29 years old and has never lived up to being the elite prospect from the Los Angeles Angeles organization Atlanta received in the Andrelton Simmons deal. Control has always been his issue, as is developing a strong third pitch.
Newcomb is no longer viewed as a starting pitcher in the Braves organization. On his best day, he is essentially the fifth best arm in the Atlanta bullpen. While he does have value in mop-up duty, Atlanta is expected to win way more games than they lose with this current core. If he struggles in multiple innings out of the bullpen over the next two weeks, he might be a candidate to get DFA’d.
It has to be frustrating for him, as his fastball has some zip on it and his curveball has some serious bite. Unfortunately, he has just not been able to put it all together for any consistent stretch in a Braves uniform. Factor in guys like Davidson, Muller and even Ynoa being better long-term, long-arm options out of the bullpen and Newcomb could be playing for another team soon.
The next two weeks or so will be critical if Newcomb continues to stick with the Braves this year.