Angels add pair of arms in MLB Draft
JUN 06, 2014 12:08a ET
The Angels added a pair of arms on Thursday in Round 1 of the First-Year Player Draft, selecting lefty Sean Newcomb with the 15th overall pick and right-hander Joe Gatto at No. 52 in the second round.
Newcomb, a product of the University of Hartford, went 8-2 with a 1.25 ERA his junior year and is said to have an impressive four-pitch arsenal - including a 97 MPH fastball and two solid breaking pitches - to help boost the Angels' farm system.
"Newcomb is a big guy who can hold up to a lot of innings," said Angels director of scouting Ric Wilson, who compared Newcomb's 6-foot-5, 240 pound frame to Jon Lester. "We're elated to get him because we weren’t sure he'd be available when it came down to our pick. Our organization is very excited with Sean's selection."
According to the Angels, the reigning America East Conference Pitcher of the Year set a school record with 243 strikeouts in his three-year career with the Hawks, and his first win in college was a no-hitter against Yale.
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Gatto, a high school senior out of New Jersey whose fastball has been clocked at 95 MPH, went 5-0 with a 0.41 ERA at St. Augustine Prep, finishing off his season with four straight complete game wins, including three consecutive shutouts. The 6-foot-2, 195 pound star was also a quarterback on the football team his freshman and sophomore year, and basketball team the following year.
"[He's] another high ceiling pitcher; really long length, powerful body," said Wilson. "We are absolutely thrilled to get him."
Gatto played his high school ball in Richland, N.J., so it's no surprise fellow South Jersey native Mike Trout was quick to welcome Gatto to the organization.