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Newcomb Earns First Major League Win; Has Four Quality Starts


Posted 06/28/2017
Posted by Jonathan Easterbrook


Former Hawks standout pitcher Sean Newcomb has wasted little time in making a name for himself on baseball's largest stage. Less than three weeks after joining the Atlanta Braves, Newcomb has recorded four quality starts, earned his first win on June 27, and has raised eyebrows from coast to coast.

The 23-year-old is the first Braves pitcher since the organization moved to Atlanta in 1966 to start his career with four consecutive quality starts.

The last of those was Tuesday night's gem in San Diego, as Newcomb pitched six shutout innings against the Padres to record his first Major League win, recording a personal-best eight strikeouts in the Braves 3-0 victory. Newcomb's earned run average now stands at a stingy 1.48.

"He was really good again," Braves manager Brian Snitker said after the game. "Lot of strikes, on the attack, breaking ball’s good. Every outing he’s had has just been so encouraging and so positive, it’s nice to see.”

"Newcomb has done nothing to weaken the belief he belongs at the big-league level and has the capability to be a legitimate front-line starter in Atlanta for many years to come," chimes in Mark Bowman on MLB.com.

At UHart from 2012–14, Newcomb struck out 243 batters, the only Hartford pitcher to ever fan more than 200. His career ERA of 2.73 stands as the second lowest in program history. After spending two years in the minor league system of the Los Angeles Angels, Newcomb was dealt to the Atlanta Braves at the conclusion of the 2015 season.

Read more and view video of Newcomb on MLB.com.