"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt
You can't buy him a celebratory drink just yet, as he turns 21-years-old on June 12th. The six-foot-five, 240 pound southpaw is known for his fastball, which tends to sit around 90-94 miles per hour, tapping 97 at times. His fastball has running movement and has a late movement similar to a two-seam fastball. Velocity helps him become very hard to hit when his fastball is on.
The young southpaw has a wipeout slider, with raw movement that tends to fool batters looking more than swinging. This pitch sits in the low 80's.
Newcomb's other off-speed pitches aren't poor either. His changeup and curveball need development due to their lack of command, but could develop and keep him in the possible, future rotation.
Newcomb is learning to repeat his delivery to help with his command of all pitches. Minor League coaches will help him with this, and if he does it early, he could be in the Majors within just one to two years.
Newcomb is the second player ever to be drafted in the first ten rounds from Hartford, joining Jeff Bagwell (1989, Boston).
Sean battled mononecleosis over the past summer, but put together a record year his senior year at Hartford. Newcomb earned a 1.25 earned run average, recording an eight wins, two losses record, one of those wins being a complete game shutout. Newcomb threw 93.1 innings pitched over the course of 14 appearances, all starts. Newcomb struck out 106, while walking 36 over his senior season as well, and kept batters to a .162 batting average.
Newcomb should report to Single-A or High-A directly after signing with the Angels.