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Ljay Newsome
Trending: ↑ 129%
P | B/T: R/R | 5' 11" 210LBS | Age: 23

Draft: 2015 | Rd: 26, #785, Seattle Mariners | Chopticon (MD) HS
MLB Pipeline Rank
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2020 0 1 6.35 4 3 0 11.1 8 1.50
1 Season 0 1 6.35 4 3 0 11.1 8 1.50
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2020 4 0-1 6.35 11.1 8 1.50
1 Season 4 0-1 6.35 11.1 8 1.50

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2020 SEA AL 50 0 1 6.35 4 3 0 11.1 16 8 8 4 1 8 1.50
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

2020

Signed as a high school draftee taken in the 26th round of the 2015 Draft from Maryland, Newsome had largely flown under the radar in the early stages of his pro career as an undersized right-hander with a really good feel for pitching. A slight uptick in his stuff helped him break out a bit in 2019, earning a California League All-Star nod and a promotion to Double-A. Still, the Mariners didn’t protect Newsome from the Rule 5 Draft last December and he wasn’t selected.

Newsome can throw four pitches for strikes, and that’s an understatement. His fastball is now in the 90-94 mph range, which is average in terms of velocity, but he can spot it on a dime and it has good riding life. His slider is his best secondary pitch and he manipulates it well, adding shape to it when he wants to. His curve is fringy, but he commands it well and while his changeup isn’t anything special, there is some arm-side run and late bottom to it, and he plays it off of his fastball very well.

The strike-throwing for Newsome is exceptional, as he carries a phenomenal 1.1 BB/9 rate for his career into the 2020 season. He’s willing to throw any of his pitches at any point in the count and does a nice job keeping hitters off-balance, so while his ceiling is limited to that of a back-end starter, there’s more confidence that he could get there, or at least fill a swingman role in the big leagues soon.



Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB % ERA xERA
2020 189 41 4 9.8 89.2 16.8 31.7 .283 .507 .419 .338 .395 43.9 16.0 2.0 6.35 4.56
ALL 189 41 4 9.8 89.2 16.8 31.7 .283 .507 .419 .338 .395 43.9 16.0 2.0
MLB 43265 6.4 88.3 11.9 32.8 .250 .416 .317 .322 .378 34.8 21.8 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
08/15/2020 Seattle Mariners selected the contract of RHP Ljay Newsome from Mariners Alternate Training Site.
07/18/2020 RHP Ljay Newsome assigned to Mariners Alternate Training Site from Arkansas Travelers.
01/22/2020 Seattle Mariners invited non-roster RHP Ljay Newsome to spring training.
07/15/2019 RHP Ljay Newsome assigned to Arkansas Travelers from Modesto Nuts.
06/25/2019 RHP Ljay Newsome assigned to Modesto Nuts from Tacoma Rainiers.
06/23/2019 RHP Ljay Newsome assigned to Tacoma Rainiers from Modesto Nuts.
03/01/2019 RHP Ljay Newsome assigned to Seattle Mariners.
09/20/2018 Modesto Nuts activated RHP Ljay Newsome from the 7-day injured list.
08/31/2018 Modesto Nuts placed RHP Ljay Newsome on the 7-day disabled list.
07/12/2018 Modesto Nuts activated RHP Ljay Newsome from the 7-day disabled list.
07/04/2018 Modesto Nuts placed RHP Ljay Newsome on the 7-day disabled list.
06/15/2018 RHP Ljay Newsome assigned to Modesto Nuts from Tacoma Rainiers.
06/14/2018 RHP Ljay Newsome assigned to Tacoma Rainiers from Modesto Nuts.
04/02/2018 RHP Ljay Newsome assigned to Modesto Nuts.
01/16/2018 Seattle Mariners invited non-roster RHP Ljay Newsome to spring training.
07/07/2017 Clinton LumberKings activated RHP Ljay Newsome from the 7-day disabled list.
06/27/2017 Clinton LumberKings placed RHP Ljay Newsome on the 7-day disabled list.
06/09/2017 Clinton LumberKings activated RHP Ljay Newsome from the 7-day disabled list.
06/03/2017 Clinton LumberKings placed RHP Ljay Newsome on the 7-day disabled list.
04/01/2017 RHP Ljay Newsome assigned to Clinton LumberKings.
06/15/2016 RHP Ljay Newsome assigned to Everett AquaSox from AZL Mariners.
06/16/2015 Seattle Mariners signed RHP Ljay Newsome.
06/16/2015 RHP Ljay Newsome assigned to AZL Mariners.