"We're certainly working toward a deal," said Greg Genske, Newcomb's advisor. "It probably gets done. We're pretty close, but nothing has been finalized."
Newcomb, the 15th overall pick in the June draft, was 8-2 with a 1.25 earned-run average and 106 strikeouts in 93-1/3 innings in 2014. The suggested signing bonus for the 15th pick, as set by
Newcomb was not projected as a first-round pick going into his junior year at Hartford, but he improved dramatically throughout the season, and the Angels felt fortunate to nab him.
"We didn't expect him to get to us at 15, but somehow, some way, he got to us, and we're thankful," Angels scouting director Ric Wilson said the night of the draft.