Sean Newcomb, a 6-5, 245-pound left-hander, was acquired in the trade that sent shortstop Andrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels. 
Photo: Lisa Blumenfeld
Photo: Lisa Blumenfeld

Pitching prospect learned of Braves trade while on vacation

Pitching prospect Sean Newcomb was vacationing in Cancun, Mexico, without phone service, when he was traded to the Braves in November.

“It kind of rocked my world a little bit,” Newcomb said Saturday during FanFest at Turner Field

Newcomb, a 6-5, 245-pound left-hander, was acquired in the trade that sent shortstop Andrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels. Newcomb went 9-3 with three minor-league teams in 2015 and is one of a handful of pitching prospects considered to be close to being ready to contribute to the Braves.

The Braves also acquired shortstop Erick Aybar and pitching prospect Chris Ellis from the Angels in the Simmons trade. Newcomb said having Ellis come over in the deal has been comforting.

“Of all people, (Ellis) was one of the closer people to me with the Angels,” Newcomb said. “I lived with him in high-A and double-A. It makes it a lot easier to have somebody that’s one of my friends to come over here and do it together.”

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