The Development of BYU Commit: Cayson Bell

Jeff Scholzen
Utah Scouting Director

Let me say that as I start this, many may wonder how and why I’ve been able to state that many of the class of 2023 college and pro prospects have been scouted and seen by myself since these talented players were 9-10 years old. Although before becoming the Utah Scouting Director, all know that for the previous 20 years, I was the four corners Area Scouting Supervisor for two different MLB clubs, with the Anaheim and now Los Angeles Angels, then moving to the Milwaukee Brewers.

When I was able to bring Utah into the PBR ecosystem in October of 2020, this year's class of prospects were entering their sophomore year of high school. They had just lost their freshman year, due to the CoVid pandemic, however many high schools kept their players together and played American Legion ball, mixed with their travel ball teams that couldn’t go out of state, so most of not all of the name brand Utah teams put their own tournaments on, with most of the games being played in Utah County or Southern Utah in St. George of my hometown of Hurricane. This class is different from other classes, in that I’ve been following these players from the tender ages of 9-10 years old, because I had the opportunity to see them play as my own son is a 2023 grad and a D1 signee with the U of the Pacific. Some of these players were either teammates or played against my son’s teams over the years and so when they entered high school and PBR became a stronghold in the state, many of the names were very familiar to me. With that being said, one particular pitcher played with my son’s teams for 5-6 years. I’m going to go through the development and breakthrough of one such now D1 committed pitcher that many if not all, didn’t see happening. 

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