Hartford Hawks junior lefthander Sean Newcomb is getting off to a hot start on the mound this baseball season. Although it’s still early, Newcomb collected the third America East “Pitcher of the Week” accolade of his career on Feb. 25 after throwing five scoreless innings in the season opener against Georgetown and he is featured on the cover of the March 2014 issue of New England Baseball Journal.
Newcomb is a Baseball America Preseason All-American, one of four starting pitchers on the Third Team, and is the only America East Conference player on any of the three 16-member teams. The Baseball America Preseason All-America teams are based on a poll of major league scouting directors who make their selections based on performance, talent and professional potential.
Newcomb has been touted as, potentially, one of the top-50 draft picks in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. He was ranked 19th in Baseball America's Top 50 list released in mid-October, and has been compared by some to Boston Red Sox ace Jon Lester.
In the Georgetown game for which he won America East Pitcher of the Week honors, Newcomb gave up just three hits while striking out nine batters, three shy of his career best. He did not allow a runner past second base, facing 20 total batters in a no-decision appearance.
Last season with the Hawks, Newcomb was named to the America East First Team All-Conference after breaking a pair of records in 2013. The Middleboro, Mass., native struck out 92 batters in 2013, a school record. Seventy-eight of those strikeouts were in league play which set a conference record. His 92 strikeouts included a single-game career-high of 12 against Binghamton which was the most by a single pitcher in the league in 2013.
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View the New England Baseball Journal March 2014 issue.