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Utah Summer Scout Notes


Jeff Scholzen
Utah Scouting Director

The Utah Scout Blog will house the best content that results from our boots-on-the-ground scouting efforts, information collected from our scouting staff and results from our events. 

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Colton Sundloff, RHP, Stansbury HS, 2021
Has come on since the last time I saw him in February at a workout in southern Utah. He was up to 88 with above average life and threw K’s. Has taken the next steps in his development during the pandemic. A member of the Reds area code team and has had a successful summer and threw well at LakePoint. A tall lean 6-4 195-pound musclar, athletic build with room for another 15-20 Lbs at man strength, with the ability to carry another foot to the FB in short order. The delivery is a slow methodical gather up top and then rides down into his legs through the slope with avg timing and needs to repeat better, yet has some base things to write home about. The arm is loose, like a bullwhip and comes at hitters with deception from a LTQ almost sidearm slot with a rotational finish, that the slot produces. The FB 89-94 has arm side life with run and sink below the belt. Rare mix of S/M type life to also induce tons of GB’s. The SL 82-84 has late tight frisbee sweep and can yank a few and land a few. The CH 79-83 has plate sink and hitters swing over the FB/CH combination. Look for big things over the next year from the Cal State Fullerton commit. 

Janzen Keisel, RHP, Gunnison Valley HS, 2021
Have seen this young man since his sophomore year. A small town kid with a big arm and oozes proj strength and weight gains with maturity. A XL frame at 6-3 180-pounds that’s long and lean with a streamlined athletic build. Features long arms and big hands with a loose wrist to spin the ball. Pitching out of the stretch at the moment, due to coming back from TJ surgery, his velo hasn’t missed a beat. The delivery is simple and controlled with a high flexible kick to delivery while getting into his legs and shows leverage and plus arm speed. The FB 90-94 comes out clean with riding life. The CB 78-79 spins with solid shape and tight biting life. The CH 85 is still a work in process, yet he projs two abv avg pitches with S/M tendencies. Committed to BYU. 

Traton Staheli, RHP, Pine View , 2021
Playing every weekend in and out of state with CBA Summit Utah, Traton has made big strides while showing he’s a late bloomer that has found his footing and is taking advantage of it. A XL tall frame with wide shoulders, tapering down to a streamlined look, that reminds me physically of a young John Lackey. At 6-5 190-pound, he has the frame to carry 25-30 more Lbs at maturity. Has a classic rock step from the 1B side of the mound with a bent and firm back leg, allowing him to get into his lower ½ and drove the slope of the mound to get downhill. The arm is loose, live and shows average arm speed, while carrying more with added strength. The FB 88-93 CZ 91 features some cut life at times down and carrying life up top. Generated S/M’s all summer. The CB 75-77 can be thrown harder and shows solid TQ shape with depth and avg bite. Will be a weapon in time. CH used sparingly. One of the better if not best arms that’s left uncommitted. Has received a PAC-12 offer now and many more are talking. Will commit this fall. Someone is getting a kid that’s gonna throw real hard one day. 

Jaden Harris, RHP, Ridgeline HS, 2021
Profile: 6-foot-2, 220 pounds. Developed build with a strong lower half. One of the few Utahns to make their presence known at the Nevada Top Prospect with a quality performance on the mound from an above average arm that may have more in the tank with continued polish of his delivery. 

Delivery:  Starts tall and narrow to the far left side of the rubber. Compact delivery with little wasted movement. Drop and drive type. Chest high peaking leg kick, hands raise up to head high followed by an on line stride. Throws over a high front side creating some downhill action on his pitches. Finishes balanced after extension.

Arm Action: RH. Long, loose arm action. High 3/4 arm slot. Gets extended well. Repeated slot on both his FB and CB. 

FB: Max 90 mph. Sat 88-90 mph. Avg. Spin Rate - 1944 RPM. Some downhill action. Jumps out his hand. 

SL: 75-78 mph. Avg. Spin Rate - 2367 RPM. Tight, late sweeping action. Comes out on same plane as FB. Flashes some back up action. Strikeout pitch. Tends to slow arm down.

Mason Strong, C/UTL, Snow Canyon HS, 2021
A local St. George, UT product, that’s a well traveled player, while playing with LVR (Las Vegas) on a very successful team and playing good competition. Is playing for the Nevada/Utah Braves Scout team this fall and has been all-tournament in many events, while being named MVP in a big tourney of late. At 5-5 125-pounds entering his freshman year, Mason is now 6-1 180-pounds and still has room to fill out and get stronger. A large, lean streamlined build with broad shoulders, He projs another 15 Lbs at maturity. A tireless worker that lives for the game. Plays all around the diamond, but stands out behind the plate. Sits low and gives a good target and shows continued improvement with his receiving. Comes out of the shoot with quick feet, and gets off online throws with a fringe to avg arm at times. The carrying tools is the bat! Hits velo from a classic square even prop stance with some rock to his lower ½ to time his load and foot strike. The ball jumps from a short compact stroke with extension into a two hand full finish. Shows some strength to hit for avg type power down the road. Has hit everywhere he’s played. Solid kid with a good baseball IQ. Committed to BYU

Tyler Ball, RHP, SkyRidge HS, 2023
A name that will be known in time. Colleges have become very aware of him this summer. Have seen him a number of times since he was 13. Features a Lg lean athletic build, that’s tapered into a lower ½ that’s getting stronger and filling out. 15 years old and 602 180 and projects another 20 Lbs at maturity. Tyler has a classic side step to start a synced up med kick to a solid overall operation. Really uses his legs while featuring a drop/drive delivery from a HTQ loose, live arm stroke. Gets good ext out front and finishes pitches. The FB 87-91 shows control to move the ball in/out to all 4 quadrants. Delivery and feel to have command in time. The CB 76-78 takes on some TQ SLV type action and needs more depth, but he is 15. The CH 78-80 shows feel to sink, while maintaining arm speed. Will be fun to watch him grow and mature over the next 3 years.

Grant Scholzen, SS/2B, Hurricane HS, 2023
LH SS/2B that shows a lean toned ath build with wiry strength, playing for CBA Summit during the summer/fall. 5-8 145-pounds that projects over the next 3-4 years to fill out and remind of Eric Sogard/Adam Frazier. Baseball bloodlines, with his father a former MLB scout/Milb player and his uncle a former MIF in the Rays system. A quick twitch energetic leadoff/2 hole hitter with an advanced approach to hit for his age. A LD hitter with quality takes, works a count, in looking for a FB, to spray barreled up balls line to line. A semi crouched balanced square stance with timing and solid separation from a slightly wider than shoulder width base. Gets into legs and generates bat speed with a short quick compact fluid stroke. A .429 hitter over 7 varsity games before the shutdown and hit .414 over the summer in 19U Legion. A 7.06/60 with added strength and maturity to give a 6.7 time in the future. Looks to steal bases and shows solid reads on the bases with instincts. Defensively toggles between SS/2B and likes 2B, yet starts for his varsity team at SS. Has actions/footwork and hands to stay on the dirt. The arm is fringe with proj to avg. High baseball IQ with steady interest and communications with many D1’s.

 

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