The Atlanta Braves will give reliever Sean Newcomb another chance in the rotation next season. The move is a great one for a pitcher who still has so much potential.
The Atlanta Braves moving Sean Newcomb to the bullpen when they needed rotation help was an unconventional move. However, it worked and Newcomb quickly became one of Atlanta’s most reliable relievers.
In 2020, however, Atlanta is going to give Sean a chance to get stretched out and return to the Atlanta rotation. It is a perfect move for Atlanta who needs a four or a five in their rotation.
They are likely to sign an ace leaving them with Mike Soroka, Max Fried, and Mike Foltynewicz. Sean Newcomb will perfectly complete that group.
He still has the stuff to be a top of the rotation arm. Allowing him to pitch in the 5th spot in the rotation would be perfect for Atlanta. It takes away a lot of pressure and expectations and allows Sean the chance to prove what he can do as a starter.
If Newcomb can find a way to control his pitches consistently come postseason time he will be one of the first to start out of the Atlanta rotation. His stuff is that good when he can command it.
Command has always been the issue for Newcomb, an issue he needs to find the answer to quickly.
If not Atlanta will have no choice but to put him back into the bullpen and deploy him as a situational reliever.
Newcomb is still only twenty-six and likely just now entering the prime of his career. His ceiling is still a top of the rotation strikeout artist. Though with each season passing it is becoming less likely he reaches that potential and simply becomes a bullpen weapon for a team in need of bullpen depth.