Eight Los Angeles Angels to Watch in Spring Training

By Trey Hannula
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LHP Sean Newcomb

 The Angels’ first round pick from 2014 had his struggles in Class-A Burlington last year but the promising young lefty will look to capitalize on his first Spring Training experience. Sean Newcomb is a tall lefty starter hailing from the University of Hartford who has drawn comparison to Cubs’ ace Jon Lester. The southpaw features a mid-90s fastball along with a devastating curve and demonstrated swing-and-miss potential last season by striking out 15 in 11.1 innings in Burlington. Newcomb will likely start the year in Class-A or High-A but don’t expect him to stick around the low minors very long. Common expectation in the Angels’ front office is that he can progress up to Double-A Arkansas by the end of the season and hopefully take a spot in the rotation in 2017 after Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson hit free agency. Newcomb may receive a bullpen cameo in 2016 but the best time to check out the Angels’ future frontline starter is this spring in Arizona.

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