2023 ProCase West (Scouting Reports)
June 11, 2023
Updated Scouting Reports
On June 4th, our Scouting Directors in the Arizona, Nevada, Utah and California, identified their state's top professional baseball prospects in their respective states. The class of 2024, with select 2025's, traveled to Los Angeles, CA on the campus of USC, to showcase their tools and skills in a pro style workout, using the games leading and latest technologies, such as Trackman Baseball, Blast Motion and Vizual Edge. Game play followed where pitchers were tracked using Trackman, in a 10 inning game, where the states from the four corners region, took on California in front of close to 30 MLB scouts, to further promote these talented players, who have worked their way through the PBR event system, to earn the right to play and showcase their abilities at the highest level.
We now update the scouting reports for the 9 players that represented the #BeehiveState, as part of the select group of players, that Scouting Director Jeff Scholzen, has dubbed the #SwarmingBees, as they have been members of the Future Games, West Coast Games and ProCase West. These players have been a member of one of these teams or all. These 9 players below, all have had the distinction of playing in the prestigious PBR Future Games in 2021 and/or 2022...Enjoy!
Luke (LT) Taylor C / 3B / Olympus, UT / 2024
A former PBR Future Gamer and UC Area Code team alum, Taylor went into the ProCase with lots of fanfare from a monster 2023 HS season in which he hit .532 10 44 with 9 2B’s and 3 3B’s. One of the top 5 statistical seasons in the state, as he led Olympus to a stellar 22-3 season and a 5A Region 6 title. Taylor was the first catcher to showcase behind the plate and he didn’t disappoint! With EZ clean actions and an advanced setup, Taylor showed a professionally sound round of throws to 2B with crisp throws on the bag every time! He was 1.87-1.90 and showed little effort in doing so. At the plate, Taylor showed his clean fluid slightly uphill hitting stroke in sending balls all over the field with backspin carry at 98.5 exit velos with wood after showing a max of 103.6 at the Preseason All-State with metal. Max distances of 386 with metal, Taylor also drove his best shot 382 with wood and with the thick air of Southern California, 382 would have been closer to 400+ in the thin air of Utah! Luke is squarely on the radar of MLB scouts now for the 2024 draft!
Ridge Erickson C / SS / Dixie, UT / 2024
Committed: Brigham Young U
A former PBR Future Games member and the #3 ranked player in the Utah class of 2024, Erickson is a defensive specialist and one of the better defensive catchers I’ve seen come through Utah since MLB catcher Payton Henry from Pleasant Grove in 2016. Erickson has an advanced feel for footwork, framing and blocking balls, where he rolls his shoulder forward to create a funnel in keeping balls in front. Not only does he block well, he can pick balls clean off the dirt or turf in front, which allows him to get a difficult clean exchange in catching runners off guard when they look to advance on balls in the dirt. Always looking to throw, Erickson can back pick with the best of them. His quick feet, clean exchange and quality hand/eye coordination, allows for the ball to exchange from glove to hand in the blink of an eye. With pop times abv avg on the MLB scouting scale, routinely Erickson is in the 1.85-1.90 range and between innings on the throw down to 2B, he gave me a clean effortless 1.93. At the plate, Erickson hit .400+ as a sophomore, but finished below at .293 as a junior in large part to missing 3 weeks of action, due to a concussion that left him less than 100% health wise. But the swing is clean, efficient, short and direct to the ball with sweet sour contact on a line with backspin. An abv avg grade on the MLB scale as a defender right now, Erickson is committed to BYU and should walk onto campus as the odds on favorite to play everyday right away. Reminds me of Buster Posey and former big league defensive specialist Jeff Mathis as well. Bright future for this young man.
Tualau Wolfgramm C / OF / Pleasant Grove, UT / 2024
Rankings State Rank: 6 / POS: 3
Committed: Brigham Young U
Another athletic backstop who is a unicorn and Swiss Army knife type player, Wolfgramm can play all over the field and make it appear that position is his natural position. Behind the plate, owing to a arm velo of 83, Wolfgramm has lightning quick feet and a fast exchange that produced 1.84-2.01 pop times at the ProCase. From the OF he shows educated footwork and gets into a proper position to throw and get something on it, as he led the event with an arm velo of 95 after producing a 93 last summer at the PBR Future Games. The bat is an EZ effortless strike to hit. He cocks the barrel in a slight turn or tips the barrel towards the pitcher. Drives his hands inside the baseball and lets the ball travel to stay in the big part of the field and doesn’t look to pull the ball exclusively. A quick twitch athlete that also plays football for fun and is a performer on the gridiron as well. Oddly enough the summer of 2021, Wolfgramm was running a 7.42/60 and a little pudgy at the time, Tua transformed his body into a tightly wound lean and ripped look and his twitch was unlocked. Clocked at 6.68 on turf at the Future Games, Tua clocked in at 6.84 at this past spring’s Preseason All-State on grass. An athlete blessed with an engaging personality, Wolfgramm is a vocal and energetic leader in the dugout and on the field and draws his teammates in and gets the best out of them.
Austin Park SS / OF / Juab, UT / 2025
A former PBR Future Games alum, is also headed back to Atlanta once again next month, Park is the #1 ranked player in the Utah class of 2025, and was the only ‘25 repping the #BeehiveState at the event. The leader of the Utah 3A State Champions, Park showed his highly projectable tools as he took his turn in the OF and at SS in showcasing his athletic twitchy movement patterns and EZ avg MLB arm strength. A clean throwing arm that also generates upper 80’s FB’s from the mound. After having his way with 3A competition in his first two years of HS, the sky’s the limit for Park moving forward. A fast bat that can already handle velocity at the plate, Park shows a clean stroke and the ball jumps off his bat with backspin and carries through the gaps. Pull HR power now, as he continues to add weight and matures with age, there should be all fields solid avg to plus raw power in his future. With two P5 standing offers from the Future Games a year ago, Park also has CWS teams on his trail as well.
Dax Watts OF / 1B / American Fork, UT / 2024
Rankings State Rank: 8 / POS: 2
Another Future Game alum, Watts makes his noise with a loud hit tool and + raw power. A consistent 100 mph EV bat, that put up 6 of the 8 top scores in all hitting data categories at last summer's Future Games. Watts was only one of a handful to record 5 hits over the 3 games at LakePoint. Registering a 104.4 EV with metal at the Preseason All-State, which is the #2 high marks in the state. Watts put up one of four 100 mph EV’s at the ProCase, with a 101.4 mark with wood. Watts also drove the ball for a max distance of 390, which was an event best. 400+ foot shots are on the very near future as Watts is still 17 years old and when he reaches his man strength, look out. A BP machine in driving shots deep to the LCF gap and straightaway left, Watts finds the barrel and makes loud contact. In games Watts is a .400 hitter over the last two years and found the gaps for 14 2B’s during the 2023 season with 2 HR’s. A noticeable lay back with the barrel as he loads in games vs a controlled load and driving his hands inside and through the baseball, Watts needs to find the consistent load in games, which as of now, with this needed tweak, his hand/eye to do the things he’s doing now is unique. An athlete who plays a solid 1B and shows soft hands and an avg big league arm across the INF, with fringe to avg speed as well, playing an OF corner is there as well. Watts is an under the radar type that is quiet in nature and leads by example, but whoever makes the investment at the next level is gonna be really happy to have this kid!
Easton Davies RHP / OF / Orem , UT / 2024
Committed: Arizona State
A Future Game alum like the rest of his ProCase teammates, Davies has matured physically and blossomed over the past two years, from a 6-1 185 build to a physically imposing 6-2 210 and looks the part of a stud D1/Pro Prospect. With a 85-88 mph high spin 2600+ FB two years ago, Davies now clocks in at 89-93 and with his up tempo style flexible delivery and late shoulder turn, the delivery has deception and his FB jumps with the high spin at the plate for late reads by hitters with swing/miss tendencies. The SL 77-82 is hard and sharp and can flatten out at times, yet when he catches it right, it can be tough to get a barrel on. The SL spins at 2556, which is abv avg on the scale and takes a hard left turn and tunnels off his FB, making for a two pitch reliever profile. The CH is the pitch that needs development and use to fill a starters role, but at his current level, he can get by with two pot power pitches that have the makings of solid avg to plus offerings. A competitor with a deep passion to compete and expects success.
Naulivou Lauaki Jr. RHP / 1B / Springville, UT / 2024
A mountain of a man and built like a nose guard, Lauaki strikes a true intimidating presence on the mound and at the plate. A threat at the plate with ++ raw power and can leave the park in any direction. When he “hits” it, it stays hit. Junior was on pace to lead the state in HR’s, but opponents stopped pitching to him late in the season, as he was walked intentionally 10 times over a 3 game span in the 5A regional playoffs. The one time he was pitched to in the 3 game series, he belted a 2-run HR and the IBB came at an alarming rate. On the mound, I’ve seen Junior up to 95 and he comfortably sits 91-93 with 2444 spin at the ProCase. A breakout star at last year's Future Games, Lauaki was offered on the spot and committed to the U of Oregon a week later. The SL 80-83 with 2426 spin is hard and late with tunneling effect off the FB. Another 2 pitch power type, that needs to incorporate the CH to complete a starters mix, but with the development of the bat and the power arm, a legit two way type in a lineup with the bat and coming out of the pen, is a real possibility at the PAC 12 level. An engaging, fun loving personality, Lauaki keeps things loose and light on and off the field and in the dugout. A great teammate and friend to all, Junior has the makeup and competitive drive to feature success.
Jaxson Reiser RHP / OF / Mountain Ridge, UT / 2024
Rankings State Rank: 16 / POS: 4
A PBR Future Games alum and Utah commit, Reiser received his offer due to his potential on the mound as a year ago, Reiser was sitting 86-88 T89. Reiser committed shortly after the Future Games. After a rocky go of it this past spring on the mound, Reiser hit in the middle of the Mountain Ridge order and held down CF and produced a stat line of: 400 7 33 with 10 2B’s and 2 3B’s and hit 3 of his 7 HR’s in the 6A state tourney. I was on hand as he belted 2 long HR’s in one game, and now Reiser may get a shot to show which way he will go at the college level of both? A raw athlete on the baseball diamond, Reiser was also the QB1 on the gridiron, but will forgo his senior year of football, to focus strictly on baseball and shortening the learning curve, to get ready for the PAC 12. At the plate, Reiser can get a bit jumpy and wants to go get the ball and attack out front, instead of staying back and taking a more conventional approach in landing on his front foot and staying behind the baseball and spinning through contact. On the mound, Reiser shows his truest potential, he just needs innings and the leash to fight through his struggles. But one thing is for sure, with a tall flexible compact delivery, the arm comes through from a slightly lower TQ slot and because he finds his hand inside the baseball, a now 89-91 mph FB with 2400+ spin, takes off in the zone with late life and arm side run with sink life down for GB’s. There is much more in his tank as far as velocity goes, and the farther he’s removed from football, reps and innings should aid in gaining additional feel for the K zone. The SL 74-76 has lateral sweeping life and spins at 2400+ as well, giving him two pitches that show avg to solid avg carry with the two seam FB and late tight breaking action with the SL to miss bats. All that is needed to take his arm to the next level is consistency in his delivery and the ability to repeat more often. The athleticism is there and the drive and work ethic to do so. I will get a chance to see him pitch for the MGF Marshalls this summer, as he is teammates with my son. The best is yet to come on the mound, but even with some tweaks needed offensively, the numbers and eye/hand coordination is there to make hard contact and impact a lineup at the next level.
Zach Carlson OF / LHP / Juan Diego Catholic, UT / 2024
A standout throughout his HS career at all PBR invite events. A mainstay before his freshman year and has now been a Future Game and West Coast Games alum and now on the ProCase side of things. An athlete that doesn’t have loud tools, but has the hitter's hands and looks to do damage with each swing. Has solid tools overall and does things in all facets of the game well. Shows an avg arm on the MLB scale and runs avg, as well as tracks fly balls and gets good jumps and reads. His baseball IQ stands out and has played high quality summer competition and made numerous trips to PBR’s LakePoint complex playing in high profile tournaments. Playing for such clubs as the Scottsdale Dirtbags, USA Prime and the Canes American 17U. Carlson drove balls hard to the pull side in BP at the ProCase-West and also hit a 2B in game action to the RF corner. Carlson also produced a stat line in ‘23 of: .378 6 24 with 9 2B’s and 3 3B’s, while scoring 36 runs in 30 games to propel his team to a 3A state runner-up finish.
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JEFF SCHOLZEN (BIO)
Scholzen was brought on as the Utah Scouting Director for Prep Baseball Report after serving 9 years as the Four Corners Scouting Supervisor with the Milwaukee Brewers (2011-2020). Prior to his run with the Brewers, Scholzen worked for the Los Angeles Angels for 11 years (1999-2010), serving in a similar capacity as the Four Corners Scouting Supervisor. In all, Scholzen served as a full-time scout for 20 years. Scholzen also received a 2002 World Series ring for his contributions as a scout.
With the Angels, Scholzen created an Angels Scout Team, in which he coached the likes of current and former major league players: Kris Bryant, Kevin Gausman, Greg Bird, Tyler Wagner, Aaron Blair, Joey Rickard, Donn Roach, Johnny Field, Taylor Cole and Paul Sewald to name a few. During his run with the the Angels, Scholzen served as the hitting coach for the Angels rookie ball affiliate with the Pioneer League Orem Owlz, helping guide the Owlz to the 2005 and 2007 Pioneer League titles.
Prior to becoming a professional scout, Scholzen served as the head coach at Southern Utah University between 1993-1997. At the time, Scholzen was the youngest Division I head coach when he was first hired at 24 years old. The Southern Utah baseball program was dropped after the 2012 season. While coaching at Southern Utah, Scholzen served as the hitting coach for the Alaska Goldpanners in 1995, as they won the Alaska League Championship.
A native of Utah, Scholzen played at Hurricane HS and was twice named 1st team All-State and an AAU HM All-American, before moving on to Utah Valley CC and Eastern Oregon University, earning All-Conference honors on three separate occasions. Scholzen played in the Angels’ organization from 1991-1999.