Prep Baseball Report

2026 Utah Top 5 Prospects

Jeff Scholzen
Utah Scouting Director

This class first showed up at the 2022 Rising Stars ID at American Fork HS, back in April, and there were some intriguing young names, but these 5 stood amongst the 35 players in attendance. There's a little bit of everything in these initial five names, of which is baseball players, and that's what most 14 year old's are at this point, is baseball players. They are still not only growing and their bodies changing rapidly by the month, but they are also just entering HS baseball and all have a ways to go in establishing their own identities on the field and where that fits, within the structure of their own HS baseball teams this next spring. Some may start on the varsity as freshman, some may play both varsity and JV, while many if not all may start and dominate at the JV level and help and contribute as the season goes along at the varsity. 

There are a lot of unanswered question, but that's okay, because every year, no matter the level of play, there's always questions, on how players will adapt and make adjustments to bring continued success onto a new team at a higher level of play. With that please enjoy, the initial Top 5 Prospects, and their will be more to come next spring and some may stay on this list, and this list, could look totally different, that's one thing about prospects, is things are always evolving...  

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Top 5 Prospects

Cache Poulson C / 3B / American Fork, UT / 2026

Positional Profile: C/3B

Hits: RHH.
Power: 89 max exit velocity, averaged 81.5 MPH. 331' max distance.
Arm: RH. C-73,72, 73, 72, 73 mph.
Run: 7.49 runner in the 60.

Young 14 yr old C/UTL with advanced tools and skills for his age. A 2021 Jr Future Games alum with a father who played college baseball. Plays for top rated ‘26 Trosky National and was voted top performer at the PBR Rising Stars ID. Features a long lean athletic build that has plenty of room for growth, development and maturity. An upright, open stance with flex to the knees and shows hand and body rhythm in the box. Coils his front knee inward as he makes his way back to square and is soft out front at foot strike. The swing is quick for his age w/a compact, knob to ball fluid stroke w/a full two hand finish around his back shoulder. The glove behind the plate is advanced and he receives softly and lets the ball travel, while he is quick to block and keeps balls in front and is tough to advance on, as he is quick out front and side to side in recovering. Has solid footwork and a quick clean exchange and his throws have something on them and carry thru the bag with on the money throws. At SS, Cache shows educated feet w/athletic actions, while playing from the ground up and out front. Solid player who is putting himself out front and on the radar within his grad class. 

Cayman Sanchez SS / RHP / Olympus, UT / 2026


Where Cayman stood out in this look was on the mound, as he showed advanced pitchability and the ability to compete and face much older hitters and attack and not back down. Very competitive and has a way of carrying himself with confidence that exudes an aura that he's been around older players and they don’t faze him, which is the case, as his older brother Corbin is attending Treasure Valley CC playing baseball, so he was around his brother and his friends and teammates. Cayman has been a staple at our events, such as: The Rising Stars ID, Blue Chip Scout Day, the Northern Utah Open and received an invite as the youngest player at the Top Prospect Games at a loaded event with stronger and much bigger players, with quite a few committed players. We will talk about the pitching here, as he showed a FB 78-81 with some small arm side run and located down in the zone from a compact delivery with solid use of his lower ½ and gets low and into his legs and rides the slope, while sowing a solid if not abv avg HTQ arm action with release and a loose wrist to finish at the end. The CB 68-71 has solid TQ tilt and bends and takes a left turn at the end with depth and he knows how to change speeds with feel for the CH 71-74 and with a 3 pitch mix in place, we will just see where the body gets to in the next couple of years, as he is also a very good SS and overall position player as well. Looking forward to watching Cayman’s progress over the next 4 years, yes 4 years of HS baseball. Very good youth baseball player right now. 


Positional Profile: SS/RHP A young 2026 who I’ve been able to see at 3 different events this summer, as well as seeing him perform for the ‘26 version of Trosky National. A baseball player that can play all over the field will show you in a workout style event, his talents in the OF at SS, catcher and on the mound. It’s hard to say where he ends up defensively, but for a young 14 yr old kid, he has run a 7.10/60 and shows the type of quick bat with a direct path and high one hand finish to elevate the ball right now and into the future as he continues to grow and develop. Was able to hit a drive 338 feet over the LF wall in BP and showed an arm of 79 across the infield. It’s easy to see at 5-10 140 lbs that as he continues to develop and grows, that the bat and athleticism will continue to shine and draw even more attention over the next 3-4 years, as he enters HS baseball this next spring!
Body: 5-10, 145-pounds. Lean lanky and very athletic with sound baseball player type movement patterns
Hits: RHH. Sits into his lower half and is even proportioned w/a square stance. Holds the bat at his back shoulder with a semi open flare to the barrel to the catcher. Leans back into his backside and lifts his foot, and puts it down softly into foot strike. The bat takes a direct path and has some length overall, but works his hands inside, on inside pitches and spins to pull. Did hit a 338 foot shot down the line on a 310 foot LF line for a HR during BP!
Power: 90 max exit velocity, averaged 81.4 MPH. 338' max distance. Does show present wiry twitchy strength to carry the ball out of the park, to the pull side for a young 14 yr old kid. Will continue to develop overall and as he martures and ages with strength, LD power with loft, should be part of his game.
Arm: RH. C-72 mph. INF-79 mph.Has arm strength and can match most of the top 2023 players who are in the 78-80 mph range that don't sell out for metrics. the arm is fluid and online and over the next 3-4 years he should approach the mid to upper 80's with his arm velos.
Defense: 2.10-2.18 pop times. Advanced actions and movement patterns for a 14 yr old kid. They are not polished by no means, but for his age and experience level, which he plays for Trosky National, he's good for his level of play right now.

Mason Henry RHP / 1B / Pleasant Grove, UT / 2026


This one is gonna be good! When he finishes growing and his coordination catches up with the massive growth spurt he’s taken on in the last 1 ½ years, the movement patterns are in place to work with. Mason, the son of longtime Pleasant Grove HS Coach, Darrin Henry and the younger brother of Milwaukee Brewers MLB catcher and former 2 time Utah Gatorade Player of the Year, Payton Henry. Mason is just an 8th grader, and the swing works with a short compact stroke w/length through the zone into a two handed finish. Once the lower ½ becomes sturdy and strong, the bat head will fly through the zone w/impact and back spin. With an exit velocity of 90.1 and a max distance of 332’ and impacting the baseball with a sweet spot contact rate of 78%, these are really good for an 8th grader. As well as the Trackman numbers, the Blast Motion data of hand and bat speeds of 24.1 and 70 are gonna jump exponentially in time. On the mound, it’s an imposing physical look out at the mound, with a big downhill plane and steep angle of attack coming at hitters with a fluid arm and tall compact delivery and big whippy back kick at finish. The FB 76-79, which has been in the low 80’s, touching 85 at times, was down a bit, yet the CB 65-71 w/a spin of over 2,000, which again is solid for his age and it features a big TQ downward tilt with solid shape and definition. The depth is quality and with the steep plane, it’s easy for hitters to give up on the pitch, only to see it drop in for a K. At the event, Henry actually showed better K zone command and feel for the CB vs the FB. It’s gonna be fun to watch his development. 

Garrett Downing OF / 2B / Corner Canyon, UT / 2026

Positional Profile: OF/2B

Hits: LHH.
Power: 87 max exit velocity, averaged 79 MPH. 247' max distance.
Arm: RH. OF-71 mph.
Run: 7.70 runner in the 60.
Vizual Edge: 78 Edge Score

A sweet swinging LHH with the swing genetics coming from his father Phil. The Dad played for me in college at Southern Utah U and transferred for his senior campaign and played for the legendary Pat Murphy at Arizona State, and was subsequently drafted and signed by the Montreal Expos in the 16th Rd of the 2000 draft. Downing has a very defined and strong muscular frame, with the type of build that could be physical and really look the part in time. The swing mechanics and flow of the swing throughout, gives indications of not only hitting now, but in the future, as the bat stays in the zone among time. Has drawn interest as one of the top 10 most viewed profiles over the past 6 months 

Kai Wesley RHP / 1B / Orem, UT / 2026


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