Prep Baseball Report

In the Weeds: Missouri-Kansas

By Shooter Hunt

National Crosschecker

In a new segment at the state level called, In the Weeds, PBR National Crosschecker, Shooter Hunt, takes a look at uncommitted players regardless of class whose skills and intangibles sometimes get missed in a showcase setting, but whose value to a good team at the next level is immeasurable. Some of the players included in this segment are under the radar, others have been overlooked, and some are late bloomers and fast-rising. Whatever the reason, our boots-on-the-ground scouting staff has identified many uncommitted prospects who can thrive with the right fit at some collegiate level. This week, In the Weeds, takes a look into the hidden talents coming out of Missouri and Kansas with five players including three left-handed pitchers along with two right-handers. Each has continued to progress, and will be able to make an impact given the right situation in college.

Scott Duensing, LHP, Blue Valley Northwest HS, KS, 2018

Duensing has a developing, 5-foot-11, 155-pound frame, but shows the tools necessary to, possibly, blossom into a contributing left-hander at the next level. While still showing signs of future maturation, Duensing currently exhibits a quick arm that delivers out of a tough ¾ slot while stepping across his body. Duensing’s fastball looks harder than the registered 80 mph, and will likely make a jump a he continues to fill out. Utilizing a longish arm swing with a slight stab in the back, Duensing repeats his arm slot consistently with looseness, and throws each of his pitches with intent and for strikes. His fastball features cutting action at times, and his curveball takes 1/7 shape with late-breaking action at 65-67. Duensing’s changeup is controlled in the zone, and has the potential to be an above average pitch in the future. Overall, Duensing’s upside is what should interest recruiters. He has a quick arm with a difficult slot that will be hard of left-handed hitters, and the looseness that he shows should allow for a jump in velocity in the near future. Interestingly to note, Duensing’s brother, Cole, was a 6th round pick to the Angels in the 2016 draft. Also a pitcher, Cole stands 6-foot-4, and runs his fastball into the mid-nineties from the right side. While the younger brother is not there, yet, it is easy to dream on what could be in the future.


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