Braves starting pitcher Sean Newcomb fulfilled with the media at Chop Fest on Jan. 19 at SunTrust Park. In the interview, he mentioned what he acquired in his rookie season and his pitching mentality, amid other factors. The interview was edited for brevity.
Q: Seeking again at the season, did you select out some factors that may possibly have helped you in the next 50 percent keep the way you started the season?
A: There was almost nothing I keyed on way too substantially. I just have to study how to be much more steady through the full stretch of the year. When it got to the center of the year and the stop of the summertime, it was a distinct sense for my physique, so I took be aware of that. I just require to continue to be in tune with my physique.
Q: How are you planning in another way? You indicated there might be some alterations this offseason.
A: Practically nothing way too substantially, just finding heading a bit previously. Mentally is the largest variance, with almost everything I acquired past year as considerably as pitching goes. I acquired a whole lot of distinct factors about my throwing. Mentally, as substantially as physically, I’ve been successful.
Q: With the adjust in pitching coaches, how quickly did you get to communicate to the new coach Rick Kranitz?
A: He called rather quickly following he signed just to attain out and get that 1st communication. He permit me know the place he was at, what he predicted of me. It was rather lenient. All the things looks great, so I seem ahead to operating with him.
Q: Throughout your vocation individuals have talked about your command. I know you are ill of it. But when you seem again and see share of 1st pitch strikes and what could be completed in another way, what do you say to your self?
A: For me, it’s just being much more steady with my mentality. “Aggressive” is the way I generally place it. I have to prepare my physique to do that 100-as well as periods, 30 periods a year. If it’s a working day recreation on a Sunday and I’m grinding through a difficult inning, just getting equipped to lock down and know that I’m a couple pitches from finding absent from it.
Q: Past year, throwing the adjust-up as usually as you did, how substantially could that enable you this year?
A: Viewing that achievements with the boost in adjust-up usage was rather huge in the 1st 50 percent of the season. I require to use my adjust-up that substantially much more mainly because I know how important it is. Getting equipped to use the adjust-up broadens up my repertoire. I’ll be equipped to approach spring and approach the season in another way now.
Q: Have you held up with what else is heading on in the division?
A: Yeah, I’ve seen all the distinct moves. I look at MLB Network here and there. We arrived in 1st location, and now all people at the rear of us is hoping to make some moves to capture up, so it’s intriguing.