ANAHEIM, Calif. — It took them seven weeks, but the Angels finally signed their first-round draft pick, left-handed pitcher Sean Newcomb, who pitched at the University of Hartford.
Newcomb, who is from Middleboro, Mass., attended Friday night’s game against the Seattle Mariners at Angels Stadium with his family. It was his first trip to California.
"The weather’s nice," he said. "When I left Boston, it was pouring rain, so this is a good change."
Newcomb is the organization’s first pick in the first round since C.J. Cron in 2011. He is also the first left-hander selected by the Angels since Tyler Skaggs went 40th overall in 2009. Cron and Skaggs both are on the 25-man roster.
Angels scouting director Ric Wilson said it hasn’t been decided when or where Newcomb, 21, will report, although he’ll eventually get some work in with a minor league club. Initially, though, he’ll report to the Angels’ minor league camp at Arizona.
"He’s thrown a lot of innings this spring, so we’re going to monitor him and get him used to showing up out there every day and learning what the professional game is about," Wilson said. "He’ll join an affiliate. It’s important just to get him out there and see what our system’s like and hear from different guys in the organization. But it’s kind of secondary."
Newcomb, who was 8-2 with a 1.25 ERA in 14 starts (91 1/3 innings) for Hartford last season, said he spent the past seven weeks relaxing at home but was anxious to get a deal completed.
The wait, he said, was "a little bit stressful, but I had my people in place and they were working hard to get the deal finished. It was nice to have some time at home, but I’m excited to finally be here."