Left-hander Sean Newcomb, the Angels' first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, threw a scoreless inning in his professional debut Friday, helping the Rookie-level Angels defeat the D-backs, 3-1, in the Arizona League.
Newcomb, the team's No. 1 prospect and ranked No. 90 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, struck out the first batter he faced. His only blemish was a two-out double, but he induced a groundout to end the inning and his first outing as a professional unscathed.
The Angels selected Newcomb with the 15th overall pick in June and signed him to an above-slot bonus July 18, the deadline for Draft picks to sign. He went 8-2 with a 1.25 ERA and struck out 106 batters in 93 1/3 innings for Hartford this spring. He is the school's all-time strikeout leader and became its highest drafted player.
Because Newcomb threw so many innings this spring, the Angels plan to limit his workload the rest of the season.
Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.