Prep Baseball Report

#1 Casteel Colts: Preseason Preview

Shea Sbranti
Arizona Scouting Director

High School: Casteel   
Coach: Matt Denny
AIA Classification: 5A
Conference: San Tan 

Casteel High School's baseball team enters the 2024 season as the undisputed favorite, holding the prestigious No. 1 ranking in the State. Under the guidance of Head Coach Matt Denny, the Colts are poised to build on their remarkable success in 2023, where they clinched the 5A State Title with a stellar 27-6 record and secured the top spot in the competitive San Tan conference with a 9-1 standing. The team boasts an impressive roster, with the majority of the 2023 lineup returning, making them a formidable force in the upcoming season.

Anchoring the pitching staff is left-handed ace Mason Russell, an Arizona commit and the No. 3 prospect in the 2024 class. Russell's repertoire includes an upper 80s to low 90s fastball and a formidable three-pitch mix, making him a daunting presence on the mound. The Colts' battery is further strengthened by the return of catcher Kade Thompson, an Arizona commit, ensuring a solid defensive foundation.

The lineup showcases a wealth of offensive talent, featuring middle infielder Tyler Hatch, committed to BYU, and the powerful bat of first baseman and outfielder Landon Hairston, an Arizona State commit. The Colts' rotation is complemented by the presence of Washington State commit Gabe Schneider, a right-handed pitcher who adds depth to their pitching arsenal. Additionally, outfielder Ryan Harwood, the #1 prospect in the 2026 class, adds speed and skill to the outfield.

Casteel High School also boasts promising young talents, including catcher Logan Reber, middle infielder Baylor Denny, and middle infielder Ryne Barker. With such a dominant and experienced roster, the Colts are unquestionably the team to watch as they embark on the 2024 season, aiming to defend their top-ranking and make a lasting impact in Arizona high school baseball.


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