Angels Agree To Terms With Sean Newcomb

The Angels and first-round pick Sean Newcomb have agreed to terms, according Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times tweets that the exact figure is a $2,518,400 signing bonus. That number was the maximum amount of money the Halos could allot to Newcomb without exceeding their bonus pool. Newcomb was advised by and is now a client of the Legacy Agency.

The 6’5″, 240-pound Newcomb was electric for the University of Hartford this season, posting an 8-2 record with a pristine 1.25 ERA and a 106-to-38 K/BB ratio in 93 1/3 innings of work. Opponents hit just .162 against him in 2014, albeit in a relatively weak college conference.

Newcomb fell to the Halos with the 15th overall pick — a spot at which the Angels assumed the left-hander would be off the board, scouting director Ric Wilson told DiGiovanna. Newcomb’s No. 15 overall slot comes with a value of $2,475,600, according to Baseball America, meaning he received about $42K over slot to sign with the Angels.

The Angels probably weren’t the only ones surprised to see Newcomb on the board with their pick. Keith Law of ESPN ranked Newcomb as the No. 7 prospect in this year’s draft, while Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis of ranked him ninth, and Baseball America ranked him 11th. Law notes that many will compare him to Sean Manaea — another big lefty with good velocity from a weak conference. Newcomb’s upside might not be quite as high, Law writes, but his fastball consistently touched 96 mph, and his command improved in 2014 as well. BA notes that his breaking pitch varies between curveball and slider, but most scouts think his curve will be the better pitch. BA and Law both feel his changeup can be an average third offering, though he hasn’t used it often to this point.

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7 Comments on "Angels Agree To Terms With Sean Newcomb"

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 1 month ago

Welcome the Angels new #1 prospect.

1 year 1 month ago

Great! Finally signed!!!

Encarnacion's Parrot
1 year 1 month ago

The Newcomber.

Yeah, I’ll use it until it catches on.

1 year 1 month ago

so now we flip w/ every other piece we have for Price, Right?

I kid, I kid…

Daniel Rajan
1 year 1 month ago

This guy is gonna be a stud.

1 year 1 month ago

Steve good article although I would refrain from using the “relatively weak” college conference out of respect for the players in that league

1 year 1 month ago

Angels could have two long-term power lefties in the rotation between Skaggs and Newcombe. Good Look JeDi.