University of Hartford junior Sean Newcomb made history on Thursday night when he was selected 15th overall by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.
Newcomb became the highest pick in Hartford baseball program history and the second highest selection in America East Conference history. Only Northeastern's Carlos Pena was picked higher when he went 10th overall in 1998.
"In my opinion, he's prepared to be the first player in the draft to reach the Majors," said MLB Network's Harold Reynolds.
The junior led the America East with an 8-2 record and a 1.25 ERA. He struck out 106 batters in 93.1 innings of work, tied for the fourth most in a single season in conference history. He was named America East Pitcher of the Year to become the first major award winner in Hartford history.
Newcomb is the 126th America East player to be taken in the Major League Baseball draft but just the third to be picked in the first round, joining Pena and Stony Brook's Travis Jankowski.