Tyler Beede fires a pitch against the World Team during the Futures Game at Great American Ball Park. (Elsa/Getty Images)

New Englanders Tyler Beede, Sean Newcomb use Futures Game as springboard

Mike Petraglia
July 14, 2015 - 11:30 am

CINCINNATI -- New England natives Tyler Beede and Sean Newcomb are two big-time prospects with big league expectations. That's why this week in Cincinnati was so important for them. Beede and Newcomb, drafted 14th and 15th overall in 2014, respectively, both said their appearance in the MLB Futures Game at the All-Star Week could be a major springboard as they work toward their ultimate goal of reaching the majors. Both threw a scoreless inning for Team USA in a 10-1 over the World stars on Sunday at Great American Ball Park, with Beede recording a strikeout. "It was awesome coming in here," Newcomb told WEEI.com. "It was exciting. Came in the big league clubhouse and to put a face to everyone's name was pretty cool and playing alongside them. When I got the call, I was pumped. I was excited to come here and be a part of All-Star weekend. Hopefully, something that shows what the future might be. "It's been kind of what I had imagined. Went to Low-A and went to High-A. There's nothing I can do to control that so I don't try to worry about it too much. I felt really good so far in low-A then went up to the Cal League and have been doing pretty well there. Hopefully, something will happen soon, in the near future." Beede, a star at Lawrence Academy and a first-round pick of the Giants, had similar feelings. "You have a lot of emotions coming into it, being in the bullpen, then running out, then being on the mound," Beede said. "It sort of all goes away and then you get back to the process of what you've been doing all year. Certainly, a little more sweat added out there, a little more humid but still the same game. Some really talented hitters on the other side I had to face, some Triple-A guys. So, it was a cool challenge, really cool challenge and great atmosphere to pitch in front of 43 thousand." After posting a 2-2 mark with a 2.24 ERA in nine starts for High-A San Jose, Beede was promoted to Double-A Richmond, where he is 2-3 with a 3.86 ERA in six starts, working on his go-to pitch, the two-seam sinker. "I've never really come out of the bullpen so it was a new approach for me," Beede said of Sunday. "I just wanted to keep as similar to my pre-game routine as possible but at the same time, a little more adrenaline. You want to let a few go. So, I kind of used that in the bullpen and used up my bullets down there because I'm a sinker ball guy, sinker, cutter. "It's coming along really well. It was a pitch I've never thrown before until this year. Going into spring training, understanding it was sort of a big identity change, a new weapon and a new pitch that I would have to throw all year. It was going to be a little challenging at times. But at the same time, I needed to simplify things, and that was the biggest way to do it. The easiest way was just to throw the one-seam sinker and rely on the ground ball to get the majority of outs." Newcomb attended Middleboro High School and was offered just one scholarship. University of Hartford baseball coach Justin Blood saw potential in the 6-foot-5, powerfully built lefty. Promoted to High A Inland Empire last month, Newcomb has a 3.32 ERA with the 66ers, with 19 walks and 50 strikeouts in 38 innings pitched, an impressive average of 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. Last June, Newcomb capped off an impressive junior season that saw him earn Pitcher of the Year honors from both the America East and the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association by becoming the highest draft pick in the history of Hartford's baseball program, selected in the first round (15th overall) by the Angels. In his junior year at Hartford, Newcomb compiled a 1.25 ERA, the lowest in a single season in program history, while striking out a school-record 106 batters. In addition to earning America East Pitcher of the Year laurels in 2014, Newcomb earned All-American status from Perfect Game and Baseball America and earned All-American status from Perfect Game, the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), and Baseball America. "It was four or five years ago, I was in high school and I only had that one scholarship offer to Hartford," Holcomb said. "I made big strides there with Coach Blood. Thinking back to where I stood in high school to now, it's been quite a ride so far." As for Beede, the first-round pick of the Giants in 2014 has no regrets for turning down the Blue Jays in 2011 and playing three seasons at Vanderbilt, capped off with a national title with the Commodores in 2014. "No regrets at all," Beede told WEEI.com. "It was probably the best three years of my life. It was a blessing to go through some adversity in college to understand what I needed to do to get better. And it's helped me for this level of baseball, and on, for so many reasons. Without that opportunity, I don't think I'd be where I'm at right now, for sure. It was a great opportunity. I had a lot of fun and had the opportunity of winning the national championship." It was at Vandy, that Beede continued his friendship with Lincoln-Sudbury star and closer Adam Ravenelle, drafted by the Detroit Tigers. "Tony [Kemp] and I, going to Vanderbilt, we keep in touch with those guys a lot," Beede said. "Obviously with Adam, I couldn't have been happier for him last year to finish it off because he had earned that opportunity. He went through a few years where he didn't pitch a ton so to see him close it out at the end was huge."