Back To Work: 4 Braves players with most to prove in spring training

From FOX Sports - February 13, 2018

Newcomb established himself as a quality major-league arm during his rookie season. In 19 starts, he posted a league-average park-adjusted ERA and 1.3 wins above replacement. Among the 12 MLB rookies to reach the 100-inning mark, the left-hander ranked third in fielding-independent pitching (4.19) after striking out 23.7 percent of the batters he faced with his nasty fastball-curveball combination.

However, Atlantas centerpiece return in the Andrelton Simmons trade is still working on his command. The only pitcher in the majorsto throwmore innings with a higher walk rate was Wade Miley. Though Newcomb is considered a frontrunner in the race for the final two rotation spots behind Brandon McCarthy, Julio Teheran and Mike Foltynewicz, the presence of two talented left-handers with MLB experience (Luiz Gohara, Max Fried) and top prospects Mike Soroka, Kolby Allard and Kyle Wright rising up the ranks means the focus on command will only intensify in Year 2.


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