For the 15th overall pick in first round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft, the Los Angeles Angels selected pitcher Sean Newcomb.
Newcomb, 20, is a lefty out of the University of Hartford. And at 6' 5" 240 pounds, Sean looks like Jon Lester bred with the Terminator on the mound. And this kid can throw some gas.
Newcomb has a 90-94 mph, and reaches as high as 97 with his fastball. His best secondary pitch is his slider, a low-80s breaker with some bite. He also uses a curveball and changeup. He's still learning to repeat his delivery and locate his pitches consistently, but there aren't many left-handers who can match his velocity.
While pitching at Hartford, Newcomb set a school record with 92 strikeouts in 72 innings, and showed one of the strongest arms in the Cape Cod League last spring. He also did all of this while battling mononucleosis during the summer.
Newcomb also has a presence that alone could get him to the big leagues... and fast. Harold Reynolds said Newcomb is probably the first pitcher in the 2014 MLB Draft to make it to the show. And I actually agree with him.
I'd put my money on it.
Angels Insider News
- Jeff Bagwell is the only other Hartford player, besides Newcomb, ever to be drafted in the first 10 rounds. The Boston Red Sox picked him in the fourth round in 1989.
- Newcomb turns 21 on June 12th. How do you think he'll celebrate.
- So far, in this draft Jerry Dipoto and his front office have stuck with their strategy of drafting college players, as opposed to selecting high school players, which was the approach in the Tony Reagins/Eddie Bane era.