With the 15th overall pick in the 2014 First Year Player MLB Draft, the Los Angeles Angels went to the mound and selected LHP Sean Newcomb, a junior at the University of Hartford:
With the 15th overall pick in the first round, the #Angels select LHP Sean Newcomb
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) June 6, 2014
Newcomb, a 6’5″ lefty, compiled an 8-2 record with an incredible 106 strikeouts and 1.25 ERA in 93.1 innings over 14 appearances this season at Hartford. Getting Newcomb feels like something of a steal for the Halos, he was expected to go anywhere from sixth (Seattle) to 12th (Milwaukee) .
This was Los Angeles’ first first-round pick in three years; the signings of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton the last two Decembers meant the Angels had to forfeit their top pick each year due to compensation. The last time Los Angeles had a pick in the first round, back in 2011, they selected first baseman C.J. Cron. Cron was called up from AAA-affiliate Salt Lake Bees, and after 26 games he’s hitting .305 with three doubles, seven home runs and 12 RBI.
The Angels were expected to make another run at pitching depth–specifically with college-tested arms–and got off to a solid start.
MLB.com writers Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis both had the Angels selecting RHP Tyler Beede from Vanderbilt in their final mock drafts. Beede went to the San Francisco Giants with the 14th pick, just ahead of Los Angeles’ slot.
General manager Jerry Dipoto and director of scouting Ric Wilson have one more selection to make, the 53rd overall pick, before Day 1 of the draft is through. Look for them to add another arm or a catcher.