ESPN's MLB Insider Keith Law has two high projections for two local pitchers eligible for next week's MLB Draft.
Hartford lefthander Sean Newcomb, a former standout at Middleborough High, has exploded onto the scene with a fastball that has touched 98 mph. This is a dramatic jump from where he projected three years ago -- the Hawks were the only Division 1 program to offer him a scholarship. Now, Law projects him to go in the first 10 to 15 picks.
Vanderbilt righthander Tyler Beede, an Auburn native who was ESPN Boston's inaugural "Mr. Baseball" in 2011 at Lawrence Academy, famously turned down $2.3 million from the Toronto Blue Jays three years ago after they drafted him 20th overall. Coming into this season, he was projected as a potential top-five pick, but now it's more likely he goes in the second half of the first round: