Hartford Hawks starting pitcher Sean Newcomb has it all working so far this spring.
Some days the junior lefty is close to unhittable.
Getting a hit off Newcomb is almost as hard as getting him to talk about his success.
“I’ve grown each year pretty steadily, and I guess just having two years of experience under my belt has made it a lot easier. I knew what to expect coming into the season,” Newcomb said.
One thing to expect when Newcomb is on the mound, besides strikeouts, is seeing a lot of major league baseball scouts in the stands, which can add some pressure.
“It’s pretty exciting, I mean at first it was kind of nerve racking, but I’ve gotten used to it, and I think I’ve done pretty well so far.”
Newcomb is expected to be a first round pick next month.
“I mean I’ve heard a lot, but I’m not really too worried about that right now. Just focusing on the season,” Newcomb said.
And this season, Newcomb has dominated the competition.
He’s struck out 78 batters in 73 innings and his earned run average is less than a run per game.
Those numbers landed him in Sports Illustrated last month.
“That was pretty cool. I mean its kinda of like the stuff you dream about when you’re younger,” he said.
The Middleboro Massachusetts native was a bit of a late bloomer, and wasn’t heavily recruited out of high school.
So his childhood friend and University of Hartford catcher James Alfonso gave him some advice.
“I kind of talked to some teams, but nothing serious. And then I ended up visiting here from the word of my catcher James Alfonso, and he kind of recommended that I email the coach and I did,” Newcomb said.
“A lot of schools overlooked him, and I told him he should email our head coach and he did. Things just kind of fell into place,” Alfonso said.
The first place Hawks are hoping to ride Newcomb’s arm into the NCAA Tournament later this month.