Ranked #88 in the 2012 Prospects List compiled by the All-American Athletic Foundation http://allamericanfoundation.pointstreaksites.com/view/allamericanfoundation/news/mlb-2012-draft
7-6-11: - http://mlbdraftguide.com/1/2011/07/06/duane-underwood-2012-draft-profile - Duane Underwood is a legitimate two way prospect from Georgia. Many believe that Underwood’s future will be on the diamond, but playing outfield is a legitimate option. Underwood uses a 3/4 release point. He has a low 90′s fastball that has reached up to 94. He also feautures a hard curve. At the plate, Underwood has good bat speed and some power potential. Underwood is a strong defender in the outfield. He has good range and a strong, accurate arm. Underwood is a strong athlete and has a 6.84 time in the 60.
7-30-11: - http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=6082 - Duane Underwood (2012 RHP/OF, East Cobb Astros 16u)- PG was first introduced to Duane Underwood at the 16U National Championship in 2009. Underwood was a primary OF for the Georgia Blue Jays, and he made a mildly positive impression with his bat. The scouting notes on Underwood from that event read: “high hands, late start, athletic, quick hands, spins out on curveball, runs well.” The pitching notes were more positive on the secondary RHP who sat 82-84, topping out at 86, throwing all fastballs. Underwood showed enough raw talent to be invited to the 2010 Jr National Showcase, where he touched 89 mph on the radar gun and flashed potential with both his curveball and slider and a much improved swing. In 2011 Underwood absolutely blew us (and opposing hitters) away with his ability on the mound. With significantly improved mechanics Underwood’s live arm now routinely generates low-mid 90s velocity, touching 96 on the PG gun with sharp downhill plane. One of the best power arms in the country, Underwood’s bat is almost as impressive and he’s a big time two-way prospect who will be representing the East team at the PG All-American Game on August 14.
8-12-11: - http://www.perfectgame.org/AllAmerican/News.aspx?num=6123 – Duane Underwood continues to establish himself as one of the top rising right-handers in the 2012 class. He throws incredibly easy, touching 95 in the scrimmage while sitting at 93-94 with a 76 mph curveball and a low-80s changeup.
8-25-11: - http://sullydraft.blogspot.com - This summer I went to the National Showcase, Prospect Classic, and the Under Armour All-American Game. Here is my updated top 50 HS prospects. - 8. Duane Underwood- RHP, Pope HS
10-28-11: - http://orioles-nation.com/2011/10/26/wwba-2012-highlights - Duane Underwood (Marietta GA; Pope HS) – An absolute flame thrower that can maintain the speed that ran up to 93-95 mph (touched 98 mph at East Coast Showcase). Does display a bit of effort on the hill leading to thoughts of power relief pitcher. He throws a curveball that sometimes flashes potential, but is not very consistent offering. Other than the effort in the throw, there is not much worry about pressure mechanically. It will depend on his ability to throw three consistent pitches. One of the better fastballs out of the high school rank.
11-15-11: - http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=6369 - Duane Underwood (2012 RHP, East Cobb Baseball)- The live armed righty made the leap to high level prospect status this summer when he ran his fastball up to 97 mph during the 17u WWBA National Championship. He cemented his lofty reputation by touching 98 at East Coast Pro and 96 at the PG All-American Game. Given the ball on possibly the biggest stage in amateur baseball, Underwood started the Opening Night matchup between East Cobb and Palm Beach PAL in Roger Dean Stadium. Underwood did not disappoint, limiting PAL's talented lineup to one (unearned) run on four hits, while striking out nine without issuing a walk in 4 1/3 innings. Underwood topped out at 95 with his fastball in the victory, using his secondary stuff sparingly. Underwood flashed a quality curveball at 75 with sharp biting action, but had little need to mix his pitches much given how dominant his fastball is, even against good competition.