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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Braves, Cubs Swap Sean Newcomb, Jesse Chavez

The Cubs have acquired reliever Sean Newcomb from the Braves for Jesse Chavez and cash, according to announcements from both teams. Atlanta had designated Newcomb for assignment yesterday.

It’s a new landing spot for Newcomb, who has spent the past six seasons in Atlanta. A first-round pick of the Angels in 2014, the left-hander quickly developed into one of the sport’s top pitching prospects. Within a few months, he’d pitched his way onto Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects list. After the 2015 season, the Angels flipped him alongside Chris Ellis to Atlanta for five years of Andrelton Simmons.

Newcomb was a starting pitching prospect at the time, with evaluators holding out hope that his high-octane arsenal could make him a top-of-the-rotation caliber hurler. He remained in that role for his first couple major league seasons, starting 49 of his 50 appearances between 2017-18. Newcomb showed some promise, posting a 4.06 ERA with a solid 23.3% strikeout rate. As he had throughout his time in the minor leagues, though, he struggled to throw strikes. After walking 12% of batters faced through his first couple seasons, the Braves transitioned him to the ’pen in 2019.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2022 at 10:37 PM | 7 comment(s)
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