Utah Class of 2026 Rankings Update: Top-10 Breakdown
September 5, 2023
This post-summer rankings update of the Class of 2026 will primarily focus on the top-10 prospects in the state's senior class, giving pro scouts and college recruiters an in-depth sightline of the players to continue to follow. This class is still developing and adding depth, as many will be making their varsity debuts in 2024 and dozens more will jump on the scene at the 5 remaining showcase events to cap off the 2023 event season. With a total class of 25 ranked players overall, I expect this class to grow to 40 and beyond, before the calendar flips to 2024.
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THE TOP-10 PROSPECTS
Cache Poulson C / OF / American Fork, UT / 2026
Mason Henry RHP / 1B / Pleasant Grove, UT / 2026
Rankings State Rank: 2 / POS: 1
Beckham Stanger RHP / 1B / Woods Cross, UT / 2026
Rankings State Rank: 3 / POS: 2
Royal Matthews C / RHP / Park City, UT / 2026
Rankings State Rank: 4 / POS: 2
Kaleb Weaver 3B / SS / Davis , UT / 2026
Rankings State Rank: 5 / POS: 1
Bode Gaggero 2B / SS / American Fork, UT / 2026
Rankings State Rank: 6 / POS: 1
Cooper Clark OF / RHP / Ridgeline , UT / 2026
Rankings State Rank: 7 / POS: 1
Garrett Downing OF / 2B / Corner Canyon, UT / 2026
Rankings State Rank: 8 / POS: 2
Sammy Smith OF / Roy , UT / 2026
Rankings State Rank: 9 / POS: 3
Cayman Sanchez SS / RHP / Olympus, UT / 2026
Rankings State Rank: 10 / POS: 1
|Northern Utah Open||UT||09/16||Ridgeline High School|
|2023 PBR Scout Day: GBG Utah||UT||09/30||The Hive - Juab High School Fieldhouse|
|2023 PBR Scout Day: RA Baseball Academy||UT||10/07||Juan Diego Catholic HS|
|Utah State Games (Invite-Only)||UT||10/29||Snow Canyon High School|
|2023 Utah Winter Update||UT||12/02||The Hive - Juab High School Fieldhouse|
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- UT Utah Commitment Board: 2024 Class 11/01/23
- UT Utah State Games: Pitching Data Dive 11/01/23
- UT Utah State Games: Statistical Analysis 10/31/23
- UT Salt Lake CC Scout Day: Positional Data Dive 10/15/23
- UT Salt Lake CC Scout Day: Pitching Data Dive 10/14/23
- UT Salt Lake CC Scout Day: Statistical Analysis 10/13/23
- UT RA Baseball Academy Scout Day: Statistical Analysis 10/11/23
- UT GBG Utah Scout Day: Statistical Analysis 10/02/23
- UT Northern Utah Open: Positional Data Dive 9/21/23
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 1991-1992.