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Angels sign top pick Sean Newcomb for $2.518 million
Angels sign top pick Sean Newcomb for $2.518 million

The Angels reached agreement with first-round pick Sean Newcomb on a signing bonus of $2.518 million Friday morning, just hours before a 2 p.m. PDT deadline to secure picks from the June draft. Newcomb, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound left-hander from the University of Hartford, was not projected as a first-round pick before his junior year, but he improved dramatically throughout a season in which he went 8-2 with a 1.25 earned-run average and 106 strikeouts in 93 1/3 innings. Scouting director Ric Wilson said Newcomb, who mixes a fastball that sits in the 93-95-mph range and has touched 98 mph with a curve, slider and changeup, “looks a little like Jon Lester,” the Boston Red Sox...