Middleborough High graduate Sean Newcomb agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Angels yesterday, a deal reportedly worth $2.5 million, completing what has been a whirlwind 12 months.
We profiled Newcomb's meteoric rise back in June, before the 6-foot-5, 240-pound lefthander was selected 15th overall by the Angels -- one pick after another local, Auburn native and Vanderbilt righty Tyler Beede, was taken by the San Francisco Giants. Coming out of Middleborough High, Newcomb had just one Division 1 offer, from the University of Hartford. Three years later, Newcomb has added more than 12 mph to his fastball velocity, topping out at around 98.
In 14 starts this past season at Hartford, Newcomb went 8-2 with a 1.25 ERA -- the seventh-best ERA in the nation -- and held batters to a .162 average. Upon signing, he is immediately considered one of the top prospects in the Angels' farm system.
Yesterday, the Angels commemorated the moment before their 16-inning victory over the Seattle Mariners:
— Angels (@Angels) July 18, 2014