I’m originally from the Cincinnati area, and noted with some interest that one of the top high school pitching prospects in the nation was from my former high school. The Baseball America mid-season high school rankings list New Richmond High School’s LHP David Duncan as the number 24 high school prospect in the nation, up from his pre-season ranking of 37. Duncan is listed as 6’8″ tall and is reported to be hitting 90-91 MPH consistently. He has commited to Georgia Tech, pending how he fares in the June draft. Baseball America reports that he has unfortunately clouded his draft status and put his high school eligibility at risk by being recently cited with underage alcohol consumption. With the Red’s fondness for high school pitching prospects, I’ll be keeping an eye out for where Duncan gets selected in the upcoming draft.
Duncan’s high school coach is Brian Benzinger. Whose name you probably recognize. He is the younger brother of my fellow 1981 New Richmond High School graduate, and former Red’s first baseman Todd Benzinger. Running across Duncan brought back some fond hometown memories. I’d like to give a little tip of the cap to both Brian and Todd for memories of season’s past.