With the clouds dispersing from Anaheim, media drew their attention to a young man sitting the Los Angeles Angels dugout. This young man had never sat in this dugout before, but was the focus of many as he was the newest top prospect in the Angels farm system.
A 21-year-old, six-foot-five and 240 pounds in stature, filled camera phones, large video cameras for television, and microphones that were put in front of his face for everyone to know who he is. For Sean Newcomb, it was an exciting Friday afternoon.
Just hours prior, Newcomb had signed a contract with the Angels, with a signing bonus of $2,518,400, the second largest in Angels franchise history (Jered Weaver, $4 million, 2004). The bonus was $43,000 more than his suggested draft slot value of $2.475 million.
"I'm excited to finally be here." said Newcomb. "It's exciting, I know I have the chance to move up the system pretty quickly."
Newcomb's scouting report includes a good delivery from a big frame, a mid 90's fastball that has touched 98 MPH before, a plus breaking ball, and strong command. Angels scouting and management was very excited to have Newcomb on board with the team.
"A lot of work was done and we're happpy that we could select him and get him signed," said Angels scouting director, Ric Wilson.
Wilson continued, "we're still sorting through stuff. It looks like he'll go to Arizona for a little bit to get him acclamated slowly. We'll just get him out there every day and get him to learn what being a professional is about."
"It's exciting, he was an All-Star this year so that obviously makes you feel pretty good. It's maybe easier being from the Boston area."
For Newcomb, who grew up roughly 40 miles south of Boston in Middleborough, Massachusetts, it was his first time in California.
"First time in California. It's pretty nice. The weather is nice and it's not like Boston where it's pouring rain, so that's a plus."
Newcomb, who was drafted 15th overall in the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft is living part of his dream now, and if his game stands and speaks for itself, will soon accomplish his goal of being a Major Leaguer in a short amount of time.
"Ever since I was young I wanted to play Major League Baseball, and now it's a little more realistic."