In this edition of 30 Prospects in 30 Days, we focus on left-hander Sean Newcomb, a 6’5″, 240 lb junior at Hartford University.
Scouting Grades: Fastball: 65 | Slider: 55 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 45 | Overall: 55
Jeff Bagwell is currently the only Hartford player ever drafted in the first 10 rounds (the Red Sox took him in the fourth round in 1989) but that will change when Newcomb is drafted this year.
Last spring, Newcomb set a school record with 92 strikeouts in 72 innings and showed one of the strongest arms in the Cape Cod League when he wasn’t battling mononucleosis (also called “mono”) during the summer.
In two seasons with Hartford, Newcomb has thrown 158 innings with a 2.45 ERA and 10.48 K/9.
Not only is Newcomb an imposing figure, he also has an imposing fastball. His fastball works between 90-94 mph and reaches as high as 97 mph at times.
His best secondary pitch is his slider, as it sits in the low-80s with some bite, but he also lacks consistency with the pitch.
Newcomb also throws a curveball and changeup, but these are his lesser offspead pitches and often considered to be just average.
He’s still learning to repeat his delivery and locate his pitches consistently, but there aren’t many left-handers in the draft class who can match his velocity.
Newcomb is often compared to Sean Manea, and even though he doesn’t have quite the upside Manea has he still has top of the rotation potential.
Tune in tomorrow at 6pm ET for the next edition of 30 Prospects in 30 Days: C/OF Kyle Schwarber.