Halos Farm: 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game

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Sunday July 12, 2015 – 12:00pm Pacific

Great American Ball Park – Cincinnati, OH

TV: MLB Network/MLB.com: Matt Vasgersian, Dan Plesac, Heidi Watney & Jonathan Mayo

Radio: SiriusXM: MLB Network Radio (XM 89, Sirius 209)

 

Angels Representative: Sean Newcomb (5-1, 2.48 ERA Combined – A & A-Advanced)

Sean Newcomb delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at San Manuel Stadium on May 21, 2015 (Fernando Gutierrez/MiLB.com)

Sean Newcomb delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at San Manuel Stadium on May 21, 2015 (Fernando Gutierrez/MiLB.com)

DOB: June 12, 1993 (Age: 22)

Height: 6’5″ Weight: 245 lbs.

Draft: 2014 Round 1 (15th overall) by the Angels out of the University of Hartford (West Hartford, CT)

Pre-2015 Baseball America Rank: 70

Pre-2015 MLB.com Rank: 67

Sean Newcomb is a big lefty that is already drawing heavy praise from scouts & coaches alike not only for his pitching repertoire but also his maturity, mental makeup, and poise on the mound. Already drawing comparisons to Jon Lester & Justin Verlander, Newcomb has a fastball that sits in the mid-90’s along with a sharp breaking ball he can throw for strikes and a plus “swing & miss” changeup. Coaches say “He’s one of those guys who just gets stronger as the game goes along…he just kinda starts to cruise.” –Denny Hocking – Manager, IE 66ers.

Newcomb joins an exclusive list of current & former Angel stars who have represented the Angels in the All-Star Futures Game, including Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez (2002), Ervin Santana (2003), Kendrys Morales (2005), Nick Adenhart (2006), Howie Kendrick (2006), Hank Conger (2010), Mike Trout (2010-2011), Jean Segura (2012), and C.J. Cron (2013).

While this blog is of course focused on Angel Baseball and is therefore focusing on Newcomb in this year’s Futures Game, Newcomb is obviously not the only prospect who will be on display this Sunday. All 30 Major League clubs will be represented, and 23 of the 50 players participating in this year’s game are on MLB.com’s pre-2015 Top 100 prospects list. All but two of the 50 are ranked in their respective organization’s top-30 prospects. The 25-man rosters for each club (World & U.S.) were selected by Major League Baseball in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America, and the 30 Major League clubs.

With this year’s game being held in Cincinnati, two former Reds greats have been selected to manage the clubs. Hall of Famer Tony Perez has been selected to manage the World Team, while Ken Griffey, Sr. has been selected to manage the U.S. Team. The World Team features players from 7 different countries and territories outside of the 50 United States. The Dominican Republic is represented by 13 players, followed by Venezuela (5), and Puerto Rico (3). Curacao, Germany, Nicaragua, and Taiwan are represented by one player each.

The teams also feature 13 former first-round picks (all U.S., including Newcomb), 4 players picked in Compensation Round A (3 U.S., 1 World), and 2 second-round picks (both U.S.). Among the 13 first-round picks, 6 were selected in the 2014 Draft, 3 in the 2013 Draft, 2 in the 2012 Draft, and 2 in the 2011 Draft.

2015 All-Star Futures Game Rosters:

U.S. Team – Manager: Ken Griffey, Sr.

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World Team – Manager: Tony Perez

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-Aaron Forstner

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