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2025 Utah Top 10 Prospects (August Update)


Jeff Scholzen
Utah Scouting Director

With the summer now complete and fall heading our way, the “heat” in the state, along with humidity in GA, the class of 2025 have crisscrossed the country in pursuit of top competition during June and July tournament season and now top players are coming into focus. This class has some top players that have separated themselves from the pack. The top 3 are all very different in the way they go about the game as well as bringing tool sets that are very good and should continue to rise in national rankings as they mature and grow as players. 

Sitting at the top is a 3 sport star at 3A Juab HS who brings athleticism, project-ability and a chance to really impact the game on both sides of the ball. Although at a small school, Austin Park was his teams starting SS as a freshman and a lock down reliever with really good numbers in both areas. The starting point guard on the varsity basketball team, starting WR on the football team and a breakout star at the PBR Future Games. Park made Shooter Hunt’s Top 20 position player list in Atlanta and is sure to continue to rise in name value with each passing year. Already with a couple of D1 offers on the table, Austin will surely gain more traction and attention over the next year! 

Chase Johnston, a LHP from 5A Maple Mountain HS, threw 62 innings as his teams varsity ace as a freshman, while walking only 22 hitters and punching out 84, en-route to what should have been an All-State season, but was snubbed and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why! The LHP also showed a FB up to 85 with a breaking ball with shape and depth, along with very good command of the K zone for a 15 yr old kid pitching against competition 2-3 years his senior. The PBR Future Gamer is on the verge of some very special numbers for his career, if he stays on his projected path over the next 3 years. With 84 strikeouts this past spring, look for 100 strikeout type years starting in 2023, as he continues to mature and his FB and CB take on more velocity. 

Sitting at the #3 spot, is the class's top hitting prospect in 15U Team USA alum Cal Miller, the C/3B at 5A Viewmont HS. With many D1 offers in hand over the last year, before he hit the HS scene, the talented LHH, hit over .400 as the 3 hole hitter during his freshman campaign and recently committed to play his college baseball at BYU. A force at the plate, and one that could contend for player of the year honors annually as he goes throughout his HS career, as he is a bat over defense right now, and it’s a question as to where he sticks defensively moving forward, but one thing is for certain, he can hit!

One thing to take into consideration is ranking a class at the top of any list can be tough, but It's a scouting philosophy that is tried and true in the case of the top three. You look for players up the middle, at CF, SS or behind the plate when talking about top players. LHP’s that K out a lot of hitters and miss bats with projectable loose fluid arms usually get the nod over corner guys or bats that are ahead of their defense at the present time. Thus the decision to go with a versatile uber-athletic projectable SS at #1, a K out LHP at #2 with a fluid arm and projectable frame, then a LHH catcher with power potential at #3. 

The rest of the list has some room for growth and maturation, while seeing more innings and stronger roles at the varsity level. At #4 You have a LHH catcher in Andrew Wilson of Desert Hills, who has barrel control and a LD hard contact stroke, while making the Future Games this past July. At #5 is an athletic LHH corner OF in CJ Mascaro with a really good swing and a sub 7.0/60, who should take over as a sophomore most likely in CF for a powerhouse HS at American Fork. At #6, Riley Brown from Brighton HS, brings big power potential in a strong RHH build and has been a Team USA trials member as well and a candidate for the Future Games next summer. Both Mascaro and Brown should be on the short list for LakePoint in ‘23 if they stay uncommitted and stay on their current projection path. 

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As this class matures and grows in the game, look for some leaps forwards from 7-10 and some others on the outside looking in, to potentially push their way into top 10 consideration. With that we present our end of summer update to the 2025 Top 10 Prospects…Enjoy!

 

 

Austin Park SS / OF / Juab, UT / 2025

8/07/22

The top 2025 Position player in the state in this scouts opinion, regardless of others that may have committed and played for team USA. The upside of this kid is that of a HIGHLY athletic, lean long and twitchy 3 sport star with abv avg movement patterns. Park was first spotted at the Fall Prospect ID last November at Snow Canyon HS, and I’ve been squarely in this kids corner since. Was seen by every school in the state at the Top Prospect Games, July 12th at Pleasant Grove HS. Austin is skinny w/lean wiry strength and pound for pound strong, while oozing projection w/added weight/strength to come. The setup is semi wide w/a slight crouch and his bat held at a 45-degree angle. He shows hand and bat speed and the ability to sit back and recognize off speed mistakes and flashes HR power to the pull side now. Defensively he can play SS/CF and make each position look very natural. At SS he shows glove and athletic actions with soft hands and plays through the baseball. His arm is strong and accurate with 83 mph throws across the diamond and 85 from the OF. The arm is very loose and fluid and I can see upper 80’s across the INF and 90 from the OF over the next 2-3 years. Already has 2 D1 offers!

  

 

Chase Johnston LHP / Maple Mountain , UT / 2025

8/07/22

The #1 pitcher in the 2025 class, showed why at the Future Games, as he threw outstanding in his 2 innings of work. Showing a tall flexible high kick to his delivery, while landing sound out front with a loose, fluid HTQ arm slot. The delivery has the features at clean up over the next 3 years to turn into a D1 prospect. The FB 80-85 has the makings with his loose arm to turn into a 90 mph arm in due time. The CB has OH to TQ shape with depth/bottom. The CH fades with turnover sink and feel. Chase put up a monster year as a freshman ace on the varsity, as he punched out 84 batters in 62 IP with only 22 BB. Winning 7 games as well, Chase didn’t look dazed by the competition at the Future Games and if he stays uncommitted, he will once again be headed to LakePoint in 2023!

 

 

Cal Miller C / 3B / Viewmont, UT / 2025

 Commitment: Brigham Young U

 

Andrew Wilson C / 3B / Desert Hills, UT / 2025

8/05/22

Wilson, who already had a D1 offer headed into the Future Games, left with a few schools interested in his LHH catcher profile and the ability to play 1B equally well. His father was a catcher on the JUCO National Championship Dixie College team in 2004 and has schooled “Willy” well in the fundamentals. A varsity starter at Desert Hills as a freshman, features a strong eye at the plate, with zone and pitch recognition. A strong LH swing from a spread out and leaned back setup, and hold the bat semi flat over his back shoulder w/a raised back elbow. Wilson drives the knob at the ball, with a flatter swing plane and sprays LD’s to all fields with backspin carry. Behind the dish, he receives well for a young kid, and just needs to get added reps at the varsity level after making way for a senior this past spring. Most likely the job is his moving forward over the next 3 years. A strong arm for his age, and displays 2.05-2.16 pop times, that improve as he continues to fill out and gain added arm strength at maturity. Had some good AB’s at the Future Games and worked deep counts in making pitchers work. 

  

 

CJ Mascaro OF / American Fork , UT / 2025

3/06/22

A 6.96/60 with a 93.3 EV, will get you noticed as a freshman, especially when you are projected to see some time as a freshman at national powerhouse American Fork. Already receiving D1 offers and a variety of college interest in-state as well as out of state from power 5 programs, Mascaro is a PBR Future Games invite for this July and will most likely be a very early D1 commit. 


Riley Brown 3B / OF / Brighton , UT / 2025

7/15/22

Brown is a strong RHH with a thick, strong lower 1/2 and has natural strength to drive the baseball and the ball explodes off his bat w/authority. A Power Showcase rep for Utah a year ago in Florida, along with a stint with the 15U Team USA trials, Brown also had a very solid freshman campaign as a middle of the order guy on the varsity. During game play at the Top Prospect Games, Brown hit a ball high and deep down the LF, that had big carry for a long HR and drew oohs and awes! one of those players that is a little more physically developed than others his age, so it remains to be seen if he can keep maturing physically and continue developing his tools and grow his skills in the game. But there is a lot to like a the plate w/HR strength and big hitting metrics for his age. 

 

 

Miles Layton RHP / Brighton , UT / 2025

8/06/22

The epitome of a command pitcher, that shows an understanding of what he’s doing on the mound. At the Future Games, he didn’t have his best FB velocity, as he’s been as high as 84-85 over the summer and was more in the 79-82 range and works corners and keeps hitters off balance with a big breaking CB and deceptive fading CH with late sink. The delivery is sound and simple with a flexible high kick to delivery and breaks over the rubber and gets his arm up and into the throwing position at a flat foot strike. The arm action is clean and crisp from a HTQ slot and gets good extension out front into a ¾ finish out front. A great teammate, who is always into the game and pays attention to what is going on and is eager to learn and has a passion for the game. 

  

 

Jack Saba SS / Brighton , UT / 2025

 Commitment: Brigham Young U 

 

Noah Gatti 2B / Jordan, UT / 2025

7/15/22

The younger brother of perennial All-State OF'er, Noah Gatti, a USU-Eastern Commit, Noah has the bat and glove to stay on the dirt at 2B, as an offensive 2B at the next level. Should be getting his shot to start at 2B, and team with Future Games SS, Bo Williams for the next two years. Has the base pre-pitch rhythm and timing as his feet hit the ground in his pre-pitch setup, as the ball crosses home plate. Fields out front and from the ground up. Does have bat speed and he accelerates the head of the bat at contact. Is where most top sophomores are at from a EV and data standpoint at his age and see this only getting better and better as he physically matures and grows. Not a runner like his brother, and will need to rely on his baseball instincts, field awareness and being a quality base runner. What does standout, is the bat and it will be fun to watch his development over the next three years. 

 

Dylan Singleton LHP / Mountain Ridge, UT / 2025

8/07/22

A lean athletic young immature build, that is the late bloomer physicality type. Features a med kick to his delivery and breaks over the rubber and shows a longer HTQ arm action, that needs to get into his legs better, as he is upright at release and follow through. He does land on the ball of his foot, which helps with balance and K throwing ability. If he can get over his front side better and reach out and bend his back into his follow through, the velocity should come. The FB 78-82 is angle and plane. The CB shows TQ shape with some OH type arc with depth as well. The CH shows fade at the plate and needs to add some depth. Makings of a 3 pitch mix that is in the development stage right now. But this is a young arm and with the right coaching, he should come on in the next year or two. 

 

 

 

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