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High School  | General  | 2/21/2024

High School Notebook: February 21

Isaiah Burrows      Steve Fiorindo      Jason Phillips      Joey Cohen     
Photo: Bryce Rainer (Perfect Game)
Cleaning out the notebook going back to the start of 2024 in SoCal….

Duncan Marsten, RHP, Harvard Westlake HS (2024)
Got two preseason looks at Marsten, one intrasquad and then the following MLK outing against Rancho Bernardo at JSerra.  Showed off a three pitch mix in both outings, a little firmer in game action when he touched 99, mixing in some 7’s and 8’s while settling in more 94-96 which is where he lived in the intrasquad outing.  Used the secondaries often in both looks, with the slider working primarily 80-82 with spins to the 2300’s.  Firm change rounds out the repertoire 85-87 (T 89)  showing some feel for the offering.  High profile arm, well established as the owner of the biggest fastball in So Cal for 2024.  Committed to Wake Forest.

Bryce Rainer, SS/RHP, Harvard Westlake HS (2024)
The top two way player in the state (and possibly the country), I also got two looks at Rainer on the mound and a good handful of at bats.  Defensively he shows smooth and easy actions at short with big arm strength.  The two best at bats in the looks were both doubles, going the other way and off the wall and a double to the pull side.  Shows all field approach with easy power.  On the mound it’s more of the same, an easy operation that unleashes easy velocity living 94-96 with the heater.  Will show two breaking balls, a curve ball 75-77, more slurvey from the arm slot and then a firmer slider in low 80’s.  Has a full starters arsenal with a change up 78-81.  Committed to Texas, Rainer is slated to close out games for Harvard Westlake.  

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