The 2014 MLB draft was full of talented collegiate and high school players, and the Los Angeles Angels were able to select a top prospect in LHP Sean Newcomb. The availability of Newcomb at the Angels’ No. 15 pick came as surprise for the team as he was expected to be off the board before that. In many mock drafts, the lefty was projected to be taken as high as the sixth spot and as low as 13th.
The 20-year-old has been on MLB scouts’ radars since his high school days. He began the year as one of the top 50 college players in the nation on most boards, and did not disappoint. He posted a record of 8-2, a 1.25 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 93 innings pitched. This included him not allowing a single earned run in his first six starts over a remarkable 39.2 innings, which rightfully raised his stock to new heights.
Newcomb has all the tools needed to be a solid major league pitcher, armed with the ability to throw four different pitches effectively, including a fastball clocked at high as 97 mph. All this points to him being ready for the minors with a call-up to the majors not long after if he stays on the same track.
But before that can be given any serious thought, the 2o-year-old did have one important knock on his game: his command. His control has been an issue over the past couple of seasons, but he has continued to improve in that area last year. Newcomb was an excellent pick by the Angels, who may have selected a pitcher who could pan to be a solid major league pitcher for many years to come.