In recognition of the 2017 MLB Draft, which runs through Wednesday, we are including where and when each player was drafted. For complete coverage of the Draft -- which you can watch live in its entirety on MLB.com -- please visit Draft Central.WASHINGTON -- Braves manager Brian Snitker didn't put
In recognition of the 2017 MLB Draft, which runs through Wednesday, we are including where and when each player was drafted. For complete coverage of the Draft -- which you can watch live in its entirety on MLB.com -- please visit Draft Central.
WASHINGTON -- Braves manager Brian Snitker didn't put too much thought into whether Sean Newcomb would receive another start after making his Major League debut Saturday.
Newcomb (No. 15 overall pick, 2014 Draft, University of Hartford) allowed one unearned run and struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings against the Mets after the Braves recalled him from Triple-A Gwinnett. So, Snitker told Newcomb before the Braves' game with the Nationals on Monday that he'll start Friday against the Marlins.
"He probably suspected it if we didn't send him back," Snitker said of the Braves' No. 5 prospect, according to MLBPipeline. "We're not keeping you up here to cheerlead. I want to see that again. That will be good to keep him on his routine and everything."
Newcomb is pitching in place of Bartolo Colon, whom the Braves sent to the DL last Tuesday with an oblique strain. Newcomb was the second pitcher in franchise history to last at least 6 1/3 innings and not allow an earned run in his Major League debut.
In 11 starts with Gwinnett this season, Newcomb posted a 2.97 ERA and surrendered just three home runs. Newcomb said he wasn't sure how to get to SunTrust Park, where to park or how to get into the clubhouse for his first start, but he should feel more comfortable in his second outing.
"After the game, you're hoping to get that next opportunity," Newcomb said. "Finding out for sure that I am definitely is kind of a relief."
Colon traveled to Washington so pitching coach Chuck Hernandez could monitor him while he threw a side session Monday. Snitker said Colon will pitch one or two more sessions before he returns to team activities. The 20-year veteran has given up the most earned runs in the Major Leagues this season (51), holding a 7.78 ERA. In his last outing, the right-hander allowed eight runs in 3 2/3 innings.
Kyle Melnick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington.