2023 Utah Top 10 Prospects (Sept Update)
September 5, 2022
In what has been the most talked about recruiting class since their sophomore year. The 2023 class by and large was the class that had the coming out party at the 2021 Future Games and the West Coast Games as the younger class at that event. This class started to receive big attention from the D1 recruiting world the minute the shackles were taken off, for recruiters to hit the road June 8th, 2021. At the culmination of the Future Games, the offers started to roll in for this class.
It feels like yesterday prospects in the 2023 class were taking their first steps on to high school campuses across the state, and it still feels a little odd that they are now seniors! Over the summer, we were able to hold open events and scout days for select travel ball teams that were strategically placed to try and cover every area of the state: From Hurricane HS to Mountain Ridge HS to Dixie HS as well as Pleasant Grove HS for the invite only Top Prospect Games, where every college program up and down the I-15 corridor was in attendance. The Top Prospect Games featured 82 of the state's top prospects. Our busy summer also as mentioned featured the Future Games, from July 27-31, at the Lakepoint Sports Complex in Emerson, GA and finished off with the West Coast Games in Las Vegas, NV. Needless to say, we've seen a lot of baseball over the past few months!
The list is headlined by American Fork switch hitting MIF’er Ryder Robinson, who committed to national power TCU last November. Yes Ryder has a prolific lineup behind him, out of the lead off spot, but still l, only Robinson and ‘22 Gatorade POY, Luke Anderson from Snow Canyon (BYU) are the only two players in the past two seasons to score 100+ runs over that span. For good measure, Robinson is very hard to K out and after not showing HR power as a sophomore, although with big on base skills, Robinson popped 6 HRs this past spring and the power is still gonna grow even more!
In a close call for #1 and #2 is the state's most dynamic arm! Pleasant Grove ace and 1st ™ All-Stater along with an Area Code showing, Brayden Marx is at #2. Marx, who received a can’t turn down offer, committed to the U of Hawaii, a week after the 6A state tourney was finished. Marx is the holder of a FB that sits 89-93 and touched 95 at the Area Code tryout in mid-June. Also his biggest weapon is the state's best CB 76-79 and a SL up to 83. The CB is one of the better ones and arguably the best in the four corners as it has tight hard breaking depth to land it for K’s and bury below the zone for consistent swing and misses. The CB spin has topped out at 2990 and that rate of rpm’s is in the well above to elite range at the MLB level. Both players will be tracked by scouts come next spring.
At #3 is an elite runner and defender in Lone Peak speedy CF’er Crew McChesney, who committed the first of July with local regional contender BYU. McChesney is also one of the better WR’s on the gridiron as well and holds a few D1 football scholarships, but his elite speed and emerging pull power to complement a power/speed package, will have him devoting his time on the baseball field solely at the collegiate level! Crew announced himself fully to D1 recruiters, when he ran a laser timed 6.24/60 at last March’s Preseason All-State event at Desert Hills HS and got off to an electric start to the season in St. George, finishing the season hitting over .400 and had recruiters leaving their teams to come see he and Marx in Utah county throughout this past spring.
Players 3-10, all could be ranked higher or lower in the top 10, as they all bring about tool packages that make for tough placements. I decided to place 3 MIF’ers in a grouping at 5-7 followed by the state’s premier raw power threat at #8 and two physical RHP’s that are gaining steam and have touched 91 and 92 respectively this summer and are trending up!
This group is gonna be fun to watch next spring as we cover their senior campaigns. All these players just finished their last hurrah at the travel ball level this summer and many will either be playing for the Utah Marshalls next summer or being sent out to play in designated summer collegiate leagues around the country by their future college coaches, that are designed to speed up the learning curve for these talented players, to compete for playing time at their campuses next fall!
With all that in mind, we update our 2023 Top 10 Prospects and have provided a link for the rest of the rankings beyond the 10 touched on in this piece. There are still a handful of exciting commits that could have been in the Top 10 in their own right.
Ryder Robinson 2B / SS / American Fork, UT / 2023
Commitment: Texas Christian U
𝟒-𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬 ➕ 𝐏𝐍𝐖— Prep Baseball Report (@prepbaseball) May 30, 2022
SS @ryderrobinson84 (American Fork HS, UT), a @TCU_baseball recruit, carries the feel to hit from both sides of the plate with an athletic frame & room to add more strength. @PBR_Utah @utahscout1219
🔗 https://t.co/ymwns72UPf | @ShooterHunt pic.twitter.com/E9OHqfZosN
Brayden Marx RHP / Pleasant Grove, UT / 2023
Rankings State Rank: 2 / POS: 1
Commitment: U Hawaii
Marx recently committed to the U Hawaii on 5/29/22, but on this day in front of a big crowd, in a cross town marquee matchup for the 6A Region 4 title, Marx was on his “A” game as he K out 9 hitters over 6.1 IP and left in the 7th with his team up 4-1, before the bullpen gave up the lead. With 3 D1 recruiters in the ballpark and a half dozen scouts, to see American Fork ‘22 MLB draft hopeful, it was Marx who stole the show and put himself on the map with the scouts. The one college that was in attendance got what he was hoping for, as Hawaii left the park with a campus visit offered and a subsequent offer was made on the trip that was too good to pass up! Marx was in complete control over his 110 pitches, before having to leave the game due to the state pitch count max. The FB 88-92 was sneaky and played up as he was working the CB/SL combo in front and backwards counts. The CB 74-76 had ridiculous spin of 2750-2900! The SL 79-81 (2500-2618) baffled hitters and missed bats frequently. He didn’t throw one CH, though it’s a potential weapon, giving Marx a 4 pitch starters mix. I expect Marx to have a coming out party this summer with MLB scouts and solidify himself as the #1 arm in the state.
@HawaiiBaseball commit | @BraydenMarx2 | 2023 Brayden Marx, RHP, 6-0 180 (Pleasant Grove HS/MGF Marshalls)— PBR Utah (@PBR_Utah) June 18, 2022
The 6A 1st Tm All-State & PBR Future Games alum, dominating for the Marshalls | 90-94 T95 at the AC Tryout Thur night!@prepbaseball@ShooterHunt@NathanRode pic.twitter.com/xE0vxCRiyN
Crew McChesney CF / Lone Peak, UT / 2023
2023 Crew McChesney, CF, 5-11 180, L-R (Lone Peak HS) | @CMacCheese | The #2 ranked 2023 & top @PBR_Uncommitted player in the class.— PBR Utah (@PBR_Utah) April 21, 2022
1) off a 90 mph FB on the first pitch of the game to RF. 2) CB to RF 3). 3-2 CB to LF.
Tyler Ball RHP / Skyridge, UT / 2023
Cameron Nielson SS / RHP / Cottonwood, UT / 2023
@utahbaseball commit | @CamboNielson | 2023 Cameron Nielsen, SS/RHP, 6-0 170 (Cottonwood HS/Canes American ‘23)— PBR Utah (@PBR_Utah) June 12, 2022
The 2022 5A Region 7 MVP is a PBR Future Games and West Coast Games alum. Committed to the Utes last Sept!@prepbaseball @ShooterHunt @NathanRode pic.twitter.com/iXWZE8mX9C
Grant Scholzen SS / 2B / Hurricane, UT / 2023
🛡 𝑻𝒐𝒑 𝑷𝒓𝒐𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒕 𝑮𝒂𝒎𝒆𝒔 🛡@PacificBaseball commit | @GrantScholzen | 2023 Grant Scholzen, SS/2B, 5-9 165, L-R (Hurricane HS/‘24 Trosky National)— PBR Utah (@PBR_Utah) July 14, 2022
‘21 PBR Future Games Alum
Lb for Lb strong w/94.1 EV and PR 80 on Vizual Edge@prepbaseball@ShooterHunt@NathanRode pic.twitter.com/wH1qhCy2E2
Petey Soto Jr. SS / CF / Crimson Cliffs , UT / 2023
Rankings State Rank: 7 / POS: 4
Commitment: Utah Tech U
⭐️ 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒐𝒏 𝑨𝒍𝒍-𝑺𝒕𝒂𝒕𝒆 ⭐️— PBR Utah (@PBR_Utah) March 8, 2022
@Dixie_Baseball commit | @SotoPetey | 2023 Petey Soto, SS, 5-10 155 (Crimson Cliffs HS/CBA Summit)
PBR Future Games Alum. Silky smooth defensively w/a solid avg arm! #BeSeen #BeehiveState@prepbaseball@ShooterHunt@NathanRode pic.twitter.com/HSdAlHk2X6
Cole Kershaw 1B / Jordan, UT / 2023
💥 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒐𝒏 𝑨𝒍𝒍-𝑺𝒕𝒂𝒕𝒆 ⭐️@utahbaseball commit | @ColeKershaw3 | 2023 Cole Kershaw, 1B, 6-3 235, L-R (Jordan HS)— PBR Utah (@PBR_Utah) March 7, 2022
BIG power! EV 102.6 | Hand Speed 28.2, Bat Speed 82
2021 6A Triple Crown winner & 1st Team All-State!@prepbaseball @ShooterHunt@NathanRode pic.twitter.com/h2n2hJI9hs
Malik Harris RHP / 3B / Juan Diego Catholic , UT / 2023
Rankings State Rank: 9 / POS: 1
Commitment: Grand Canyon U
Utah 3A Region 15 Player of the Year
The Grand Canyon commit, has one of the higher ceilings in the state, as he is barely shaving at 6-5 215. Harris has legit two way potential as a power hitting corner INF'er and a potential power armed RHP that has recently been up to 91. Able to spin the breaking ball with fair depth and flashes avg shape at times, has the makings of a 3 pitch mix and it wouldn't surprise me, if he was touching mid-90's by next spring/summer. Also possessing a power bat with leverage and strength thru out. Projects well and will be fun to see this kid develop as the years pass. But ultimately if this kid keeps trending and progressing, he has MLB Draft potential in his future.
Austin Laycock RHP / American Fork, UT / 2023
Rankings State Rank: 10 / POS: 3
Commitment: Brigham Young U
Thanks @ACBaseballGames for the invite and opportunity to come out and pitch in Vegas. Had a good day with fastball sitting 90-92 T93 slider was moving good at 71!@AmFork_Baseball @MTNWESTBsebll @CoachEddieSmith @BIOKINETICS3D @PBR_Utah pic.twitter.com/2WgNjltvNt— Austin Laycock (@AustinAF2023) June 17, 2022
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