This past Saturday, Los Angeles Angels prospect Sean Newcomb made his first start for High-A Inland Empire. He didn’t miss a beat following his promotion from Single-A Burlington where he made seven starts to begin 2015.
Newcomb entered the year as the Halos #2 prospect after being taken in the first round of last year’s draft. The 6’5″ left-hander began the year with the Burlington Bees but dominated his competition to the point that a promotion was necessary for his development.
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In seven starts and 34.1 innings with the Bees, Newcomb recorded a dazzling 1.83 ERA while striking out nearly 12 batters per nine innings. The southpaw proved to be nearly unhittable, allowing 6.6 hits per nine innings and only one homer.
In his first start for the Inland Empire 66ers, Newcomb went five strong innings and surrendered just a single run. He struck out an impressive seven hitters in those five frames, six who went down swinging. The only run of the game came on a misplayed single that turned into a triple and an ensuing bloop double down the line. All said and done, Newcomb’s High-A debut was wildly successful especially when you account for the high scoring conditions of the California League.
The 22 year old should find himself with Inland Empire for the majority, if not entirety, of the remaining season. With the major league rotation stuffed and several pitching prospects in the high minors, there’s no reason to rush Newcomb to the majors. Walks are still a bit of an issue for Newcomb and it’s something he needs to work on before reaching the next level.
Keep an eye out for Newcomb over the next few months. He could very well be the best pitching prospect the Angels have produced since Garrett Richards.
The photo used in this post was taken by Jerry Espinoza. Follow him on Twitter at @JEAZY34.