Prep Baseball Report

2027 Top 10 Prospects (June Update)

Jeff Scholzen
Utah Scouting Director

Ryder Huntsman RHP / SS / Pleasant Grove High, UT / 2027


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Huntsman comes from bloodlines, as his father is former minor league RHP Brandon Huntsman, a former 6th Rd draft pick out of Pleasant Grove HS in 1994. His father was 6-4 195 and is built similar with a high waisted and long legged look. Ryder showed athletic actions, with solid movement patterns and moved side to side at SS with educated feet and bends deep to receive and field the baseball. Funnels the ball well and brings to his chest and gets rid of the baseball quick and with a clean arm stroke and throws were on the money. The bat is fluid and quick from a very spread out square stance to hit. The heel comes up and sets down, as he spins thru contact with a handsy approach to drive his hands inside the baseball and whips his hands out front after barrel release, into a two hand finish around back. On the mound, he shows real potential, as he does rush his delivery and slightly land across his body, yet the arm is clean and quick thru the slot with natural God given arm speed and strength. The FB topped at 83.2, which was an event best and it's firm for a 15 year old, and portends to be a low to mid 90's arm to dream on in 3-4 years. The CB has shape and definition, while spinning the baseball out front, in creating depth through the zone and below the contact point for hitters. Feel for the game as a position player and especially on the mound, yet does show intriguing potential both ways right now. Will be a freshman at Pleasant Grove HS this coming fall, and will be getting further invites to special PBR Utah events this coming fall for the Utah State Games.ย 

Porter Campbell OF / LHP / Pine View, UT / 2027


Campbell had a terrific summer for CBA Summit and played for newly minted Pine View head coach Kyler Walker and has a good chance of finding his way into the everyday varsity lineup as a freshman. With an advanced swing pattern and strong hands to for the barrel inside and through the baseball, Campbell squares balls up consistently on a line with backspin. The rare RHH who throws LHโ€™ed, Campbell shows advanced movement patterns on approach to field the baseball from the OF with a clean arm stroke and looks to project arm strength with online carry moving forward. A 7.26/60 yard dash should also see improvements to potential sub 7.0 times as he continues to mature and fill out with added lower half leg strength. With the deepest college talent pool in the state with Region 9 in southern Utah, it will be a test as a freshman in facing the kind of pitching coming Campbellโ€™s way, but Coach Walker has nothing but confidence in this up and coming name on the Utah baseball scene!

Sam Dart LHP / 1B / Spanish Fork, UT / 2027


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The younger brother of two D1 recruits, with his oldest brother Zac a former 5A MVP and BYU recruit, along with his second oldest brother Will, a Utah Tech commit, Zac has that type of potential as well on the mound as a LHP. Sam features an athletic delivery that does leak forward a tad, and with his elbow up, into a short HTQ arm stroke, it can leave his arm behind, and not catch up, resulting getting underneath the baseball and his misses are high and to his arm side. Yet the physicality and proportioned build w/solid movement patterns, to make the type of adjustments, that could see really quick results, because Sam possesses the type of deception in his closed front side and shorter arm stroke, to use the FB in making it appear as if it jumps a the plate with carry and keeps its plane at times. The breaking ball has solid shape and definition, with the ability to get on top of the baseball and spin the ball, so depth in the zone is added. As Dart continues to develop and mature physically with tweaks to his delivery, this could be an arm that pops really quick and will be getting future invites to more prestigious events and "looks" from the social media and college coaching world in short order.

Cooper Goff OF / Mountain Ridge, UT / 2027

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The younger brother of BYU catcher and former Riverton star, Parker Goff, Cooper has bloodlines, as I also coached against his father Mike Goff, when Mike was catcher at Utah in the mid-90โ€™s. Cooper is a projection type athletic OFโ€™er with a lean long and lanky frame. Still immature physically and needing to fill out and add size and strength, the younger Goff has the type of hitting stroke that you can dream on and see playing at the next level. A TCU commit right before the deadline in April of 2023, when the recruiting rules changed on being contacted by schools. Goff played his freshman year at state power Mountain Ridge, where he was one of five, yes 5 D1 commits on the roster, so playing time would be limited as the entire class except 3 next level hopefuls were all underclassmen. Goff worked his way into the lineup, thanks to a next level type OF who sustained an arm injury, that limited his play to DH only and this Goff was able to now get playing home 5-6 games into the season and more than held his own! In 22 games, the young 15 year old hit .317 over 72 PAโ€™s with 19 RBI and 7 2Bโ€™s for good measure. The type of production usually seen in his age category that at next level talents as freshman. It will be exciting to see where his growth and maturation takes him next spring as he is playing for the highly nationally competitive Wow Factor Nation, overseen nationally by a former asst director in GA for Prep Baseball.ย 

Ledger Holmes SS / C / Salem Hills High, UT / 2027


A smaller collar pound for pound type athlete with quality movement patterns and shows an advanced style of play with energy and overall bounce to his game. A standout at the Preseason ID and scheduled to attend the invite only Top Prospect Games coming up in July. A 95 mph EV as a freshman is impressive in how he can square up the baseball and drive it on a line with backspin. A short compact powerful young stroke to hit, allows for his hand and bat speed to play at a young age. Saw limited time as a freshman at Salem Hills, but should step right in as a sophomore in โ€˜25 and be a mainstay over the next 3 years. Soft hands and quick educated feet on defense allow for his twitchiness to play and catch your eye. A 7.05/60 should only get better as he continues to add leg strength, while his 72 mph arm also should jump as his quick short arm stroke and active lower ยฝ get him into a quick transfer to throw Kโ€™s across the diamond. Looking forward to seeing where Ledgerโ€™s game is when he takes the field on July 8-9 at the Top Prospect Games!ย 

Trig Richards OF / LHP / Salem Hills High, UT / 2027

Jaxton Tolman 3B / RHP / Desert Hills , UT / 2027

Trent Chris LHP / 1B / Snow Canyon High, UT / 2027


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A tall long limbed LHP with a loose arm and clean fluid arm stroke to project physicality and added velocity. The delivery is flexible and features a med to high knee kick and does leak with his delivery out front a bit, yet staying back and getting down and into his legs a bit more, should unlock some added velocity. The cleanness to the arm stroke and ext out front, lends itself to getting better faster. The FB 77-78 is on par for his current class and wouldnโ€™t be surprised to see 81-82 by next spring. The FB is a little straight at the present time, but with grip changes and instruction, life can be added. The CB 66-67 has abv avg spin (2268) with a feel to spin the ball through release and create depth and bottom in the zone for Kโ€™s in a bullpen setting. The CH 72 features almost 9 inches of arm sods horizontal run w/mild sink. The CH shows kill spin and fade on approach to the hitting zone and shows some deception with FB arm speed. Intriguing LHP with upside to throw harder w/the ability to spin the baseball

Kayden Lambson RHP / 3B / Spanish Fork, UT / 2027


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Tall high waisted look w/long arms and legs. The type to continue to grow and fill out with age and natural maturity. Intriguing drop and drive high flexible kick to his delivery. Features a low set to his hands in his address and maintains the set and glove/hand break. Creates a shorter low to med arm stroke out of the glove. With a higher set and break, this will create a more full circle arm stroke. Yet does have arm speed and natural arm strength, created with solid use of his legs and good ext out front at release. The wrist/forearms and fingers have whip and strength to power the ball out of the hand w/a FB that touched 81.4, which is slightly abv avg for his class. The FB is firm w/sone carry at times from a downhill plane of attack. His best pitch is a hard TQ tilted downer CB 65-66 that can be thrown harder, yet has solid shape and definition and can create spin (2352) to feature depth and late controlled bottom in the zone. The spin for his age and class is abv to slightly abv avg and with the feel to land the breaking ball for Kโ€™s, gives promise for added spin and velo over the next couple of years. The CH 72 fades with late mild sink and arm side life. With added use and development, this pitch will complement a slightly abv avg FB/CB combo, to give him 3 pitches in a lead HS starters role and the sky's the limit from here.ย 

Beckham Rowley LHP / 1B / Stansbury High, UT / 2027


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Rowley was one of the better revelations, with his loose long arm action, and how the baseball comes out of his hand. The FB 75 can be thrown harder and with more conviction, due to his ability to throw K's and control the K zone. The CB though low in overall velocity at 60-61, was the event leader in spin rate at 2536, which is above MLB avg and something to hang his hat on, and give promise for bigger things to come in relation to velocity and even greater spin, as he continues to grow, fill out and develop. With the added velocity over time, and the ability and feel to create spin with its accompanying depth in the zone, gives added promise of a plus CB in time. One to definitely keep and eye on!ย 


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Scholzen comes to Prep Baseball 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 the same capacity as the "Four Corners" Scouting Supervisor (UT, WY, So-ID, Las Vegas, AZ, CO, NM and El Paso). Scholzen received a 2002 World Series ring for his contributions as a scout with the Angels.ย 

With the Angels, Scholzen created an Angels Scout Team, in which he coached the following MLB players: Kris Bryant, Kevin Gausman, Greg Bird, Tyler Wagner, Aaron Blair, Joey Rickard, Donn Roach, Johnny Field, Taylor Cole, Andy Burns and Paul Sewald to name a few.

During his run with the the Angels, Scholzen also served as the hitting coach for the Angels rookie ball affiliate in the Pioneer League, the Orem Owlz, helping guide the Owlz to the 2005 and 2007 Pioneer League titles, which earned Jeff two more championship rings.

In Scholzen's 20 year scouting career, he was credited with the signing of 6 MLB players starting with: Brandon Wood, SS, Angels 2003, 1st Rd ~ Efren Navarro, 1B, Angels 2007, 50th Rd ~ Donn Roach, RHP, Angels 2010, 3rd Rd ~ Tyler Wagner, RHP, Brewers 2012, 4th Rd ~ Payton Henry, C, Brewers 2016, 6th Rd ~ Ryan Aguilar, 1B/OF - Brewers 2017, 31st Rd ~ Scholzen also had an additional 3 players added to various clubs 40 man MLB rosters over the years. Currently 2019 (14th Rd) draft pick, RHP-Paxton Schultz from Utah Valley U, is currently in AAA with the Toronto Blue Jays, and former 40 man Brewes rostered RHP (Utah Tech) just recently returned from Korea and signed with the NL Champion Arizona Diamondbacks and will most likely start the year in AAA and once stretched out after an injury plagued 2023, File will move up to AAA!

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 in the country, 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. Scholzen also recruited and coached World Series RHP-Ryan Jensen of the San Francisco Giants, who would earn a top 5 finish for NL Rookie of the Year in 2022. Scholzen and Jensen had the unique opportunity, to be on opposing sides of the ledger, when Scholzen's Angels and Jensen's Giants squared off in the 2002 MLB Fall Classic.

Scholzen also had the pleasure of coaching Jensen's roommate and back up catcher, Kyle Turner who has worked in professional/major league baseball for 24 years. Kyle currently is in his 14th season with the big league Kansas City Royals and serves as the clubs Head Athletic Trainer. Turner was instramental, while a young player for Scholzen at Southern Utah, in introducing Scholzen to his first wife, the late Heidi Dalton Scholzen, who passed away in December of 2014. 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 Angelsโ€™ organization in 1991.

Scholzen was married to his late wife Heidi for 20 years and their union produced four children - McKyla 27, Miranda 24, McKenzie 22 and the couples only son, Grant Scholzen 19, who is a freshman 2B at D1 WCC school, the U of the Pacific (Pacific Tigers) on scholarship. After Heidi's passing in 2014, Scholzen married Cami Macias Scholzen, a widow herself and the same age as Heidi and the couple now have been married 8 years. Between both families, Jeff has 3 grandchildren and 5 step grandchildren (8 total) and the Scholzen's reside in Hurricane, UT in the bottom left SW corner of the state near the most iconic and scenic national parks in the country.ย