Prep Baseball Report

Utah Diamond Notes: Week 2

Jeff Scholzen
Utah Scouting Director

In Person Scouting + Social Media Coverage

Naulivou Lauaki Jr. RHP / 1B / Springville, UT / 2024


Committed: U Oregon

Week Two (March 13-19) Stat Line:

G 4 AB 11 R 6 H 7 HR 3 RBI 8 2B 2 


Three days after returning home from the PBR Future Games, Lauaki made the commitment to play for the Oregon Ducks. Junior should jump to the top in the 2024 Ducks recruiting class. With an arm and bat, but more so the arm, Junior should be an immediate impact type rotation piece right away. Although with two years of HS remaining, Lauaki will jump to the #2 spot in the class of ‘24 rankings when they are released in 2 weeks. Lauaki made his presence felt right away on workout day with a couple of long HR’s during BP, as he launched an event best 404’ shot to deep LCF and threw EZ bullets across the INF from 1B. But it was on the mound that sealed the deal for his college choice, as he showed his best stuff to date. Lauaki has been 86-88, 88-91 T92 this summer, as he’s played all around the country. But it was in the humidity of Atlanta that he featured one of the two best FB’s recorded at the Future Games. Lauaki displayed an EZ effort, med kick to delivery with a fluid arm stroke, the FB sat 90-92 and topped out at 93.1 on the Trackman system and held his velocity in his 3 innings of work vs a very good hitting Team Kentucky. But the secondary pitch was just as lethal, with his SL coming in at 80-82 with late sharp tilt, that bottomed out. The pitch is a put away pitch, as he has abv avg feel to land and bury beneath bats for swing/misses. With an imposing 6-3 240 Lb build, Junior is not even close to gaining his man strength at 16 yrs old, it’s easy to dream of a mid to high 90’s heater as he reaches campus. The sky's the limit for the incoming junior at Springville HS. 


Positional Profile: 3B/RHP

Hits: RHH.
Power: 100 max exit velocity, averaged 94.4 MPH. 364' max distance.
Arm: RH. INF-83 mph .
Run: 7.36 runner in the 60.
Vizual Edge: 67.86 Edge Score



16u National

6-foot-3, 230-pound third baseman and right-handed pitcher, strong, sturdy build, board frame with strength throughout, powerful to say the least. On the mound, short arm action with a soft stab on the back-side, arm motion remains continuous, quick arm speed, slot varies between over-the-top and low ¾. Throws his fastball from over-the-top, 88-91, touched 92, swing and misses up in the zone. Throws slider from a low ¾ slot, 78-81, sharp sweeping action, swing and miss, catches batters off guard.


A BIG DUDE, that looks the part of a football player, and is physically imposing for a kid his age. Right now the jury is out on whether he stays a hitter or lands on the mound. As a hitter, with hand and bat speeds of 25.2 and 73.7, Lauaki showed an EV of 94.6 and drove a few out of the park with a distance max of 379’. The ball jumps with a slightly elevated path, giving him NOW power and projectable plus raw power down the road. On the mound the FB 84-88 looks to be a low 90’s or better tool, as he has 3 years of HS ahead of him. As long as he doesn’t get any bigger and can maintain what he is now physically and allow his man strength to kick in, he could be a force to be reckoned with, in Utah HS baseball. 


Connor Drachman RHP / Copper Hills, UT / 2024



Week Two (March 13-19) Stat Line:

IP 4 H 4 R 2 ER 1 BB 4 SO 10


The biggest eye opener from a pitching standpoint at the Preseason ID. After seeing a tweet that Drachman posted, it caught my attention and we made sure to get him to the event and in his words, “This event was the best thing that has happened to me” from a baseball standpoint. Drachman was as good as advertised and was the event FB velocity leader. A lean streamlined athletic build, that shows all the makings of a 6-1 190 frame in time, as he continues to mature and add weight in the gym, the loose quick arm from an uptempo rhythmic delivery, shows all the signs of a low 90’s FB, that should be able to touch the mid-90’s in the next couple of years. The arm is quick thru the slot w/ext out front, and can use multiple arm slots, that produces different visuals in the hitting zone to cover for hitters. With the FB 86-90 and the SL 73-78 tunneled off each other, the two pitches, coupled with the CH 82-83, which is a bit hard, and does show bottom, does give some spacing for hitters to cover and create timing issues. Based on the one event, Drachman received 3 offers and there will be more to come for sure. 

Hayden Smith C / 3B / Snow Canyon , UT / 2024


Top Uncommitted Catcher

Week Two (March 13-19) Stat Line:

G 4 AB 14 R 2 H 7 HR 2 RBI 4 2B 2 BB 1 SO 2


Smith has a very solid workout and showed well. The junior to be, was the starting catcher for the state powerhouse Snow Canyon Warriors this past spring as a sophomore, hitting .393 with 2 HR’s, 26 RBI’s and 7 2B’s to go along with 2 3B’s. Smith even walked 21 times vs 17 K’s, suggesting plate discipline is in place, to improve even more in that category. Smith put up a EV of 93.1 with a max distance of 352 to go along with a very good sweet spot contact of 82% and hard hit rate of 73%. From the Blast Motion metrics, an on plane efficiency mark of 82 was elite in keeping his barrel in the zone and in line with the baseball, giving him an elite chance to make the sweet spot and hard hit rates! Defensively Smith is an efficient receiver and continues to improve and get better in this area and does catch some slightly above average arms at his HS, plus his head coach caught for many years in pro ball, to go along with having a former 13 yr MLB pitcher as the pitching coach, to learn and grow along with his head coach in running and working with a pitching staff. This is by breakout player in the 2024 class for next spring and look forward to seeing his numbers soar even higher over the next two seasons.

** College coaches should get on this kid quick and he would be an impact bat and receiver at the next level **


Smith has taken over the catching duties at state powerhouse Snow Canyon with a knack for squaring up the ball and making hard LD contact to all fields. He has a simple repeatable whippy stroke to hit and with continued physical development, his metrics will only rise with age and maturity. Behind the plate he takes charge for a young kid and that is key as Coach Reed Secrist expects nothing less, after all Smith is replacing big shoes on 4A Player of the Year Mason Strong (BYU). Smith has a quick release and sound footwork. His throws are on the money with a developing arm that should add significant strength with age once again. Smith plays for highly competitive Mountain West in the summer and as his notoriety increases, and he matures physically, college coaches should definitely take notice. 


Crew Secrist SS / 2B / Snow Canyon, UT / 2024



Week Two (March 13-19) Stat Line:

G 4 AB 11 R 7 H 6 RBI 2 2B 3 3B 0 BB 5


2022 PBR West Coast Games

The son of long time state champion head coach Reed Secrist, who was a 13 year veteran of professional baseball and has won numerous state title and coach of the year awards. The apples didn’t fall too far from the tree, as the other two Secrist boys have played college baseball. Crew is the last in the line and has improved leaps and bounds over the last 2 years, since entering HS, as he has cut his 60 time from 8.2 to 7.3 and has added significant wiry strength. All the Secrist boys as well as his coach/father are stout, tall and strong. Crew displayed even further strength gains this past weekend, with highs of 96.4 in exit velo, 78.8% sweet spot contact and has jumped his bat speed max to 73. Secrist has a feel for the game with the bloodlines, but has the wiry strength to get even stronger and take his short, quick slightly uphill stroke to another level over the next couple of years and add sme latent power. Best suited for 2B, but the hands work and the bat should play as an offensive 2B type at the next level. 


Had a good showing at the West Coast Games, as he excelled in game 3 w/3 hits and 4 RBI’s along w/a slick one handed play to his left and made a accurate backhand power feed to the 2B’man for the force at the bag. Lean and wiry with the frame to add muscle and size as he matures. His father Reed is his HS coach and is a 4 time state champion coach and has produced dozens of college baseball players, along with 12-13 currently playing at the next level. Crew’s father played 13 years of professional baseball and has 3 brothers that play or played at the next level. So the bloodlines are in place w/the instruction as well. Crew features an upright stance with a drawback of his front side into his backside w/an inward turn of the knee to load his backside and takes the knob of the bat and drives it inside out with a short, compact stroke to find the barrel. Gained valuable varsity time in ‘22 as a D1 commit went down at SS, allowing Secrist to start every game up the middle as a sophomore. Makes plays with instincts and field awareness and his arm is a bit short right now, but will only get stronger as he fills out overall and gains his man strength down the road. Look for even more development over others with the instruction and bloodlines intact. 


Talan Kelly 3B / RHP / Snow Canyon, UT / 2024


Top Uncommitted 3B

Week Two (March 13-19) Stat Line:

G 4 AB 11 R 3 H 5 RBI 8 2B 2 3B 0 BB 2 SO 5

IP 6 H 2 R 0 ER 0 BB 1 SO 12


Kelly has been on my radar for a couple of years now, and I’ve seen him quite a bit at local Snow Canyon HS (14 active college baseball players - most in state), and I was able to see him for the first time since this last spring. Kelly is a strong fire hydrant type build w/a strong burly look and has really good leg strength. Kelly showed future solid avg raw power to the pull side with an EV max of 94.8 and drove one out to straight away LF at 356’. Also possessing one of the top 3-4 INF arms at the event at 84 mph across the diamond, Kelly also took his turn on the mound and spotted the FB to both sides, from 85-87 and wouldn’t surprise me to see 90 before next spring is finished. The separator on the mound, besides abv avg HS velocity, is the CB 74-77 featured spins of over 2500+. With 2 years of HS remaining, look for Kelly to be the next college baseball player coming from Snow Canyon HS. 

Makaio Swensen RHP / OF / Snow Canyon, UT / 2024



Week Two (March 13-19) Stat Line:

G 4 AB 12 R 2 H 5 RBI 4 2B 0 3B 1 BB 1 SO 5


2022 PBR Future Games

2022 West Coast Games

The Future Games alum was a big surprise as far as his bat was concerned. Having scouted him as a pitcher and that being his role as a sophomore for state power Snow Canyon this past spring, Swensen went both ways at the All-State Games, and took a very good BP. What stood out from a data standpoint, is his Blast scores of 25.2 hand speed and 77.8 bat speed were elite, to go along with a Trackman EV of 93.1. He features an athletic, even proportioned square stance at the plate with his bat held in the cocked position and fired the knob inside and through the baseball, with some natural lifted plane of attack to back spin the ball. On the mound, the sinker baller, pumped in K’s at 82-85 with the FB and reached a high 87.3 for a low ¾ slot at the Future Games in July at LakePoint. There is definite growth and maturation to come, as his Dad is 6’6 and Makaio has long legs for a 6 footer, so he may not be done growing? Big upside for any school on this kid from a two way perspective. Solid athlete and running gate!


Swensen made the most of his 3 inning start at the PBR Future Games, as he left the game in a 2-1 deficit, but pitched well, showing a lively sinking ground ball type FB 83-87, sitting 86. With a flexible med to high kick to delivery, Swensen has a longer take away in back w/a slight palm up towards 2B. The delivery and LTQ arm action are a spittin’ image of former BYU great and current big league Cubs pitcher, Michael Rucker. With the arm slot and movement pattern of the arm stroke, Makaio gets inside the baseball, which creates a spin pattern of late life w/run and sink. The CB takes on SL type shape at 73-77 with horizontal action and sweep. As he gets older and his body matures with added strength, it’s easy to see a power sinker type arm in the low 90’s as he induces GB’s that hitters will swing over the top of, while chasing the SL away. Makaio will be at the PBR West Coast Games in Las Vegas as well on August 12-14!


Wyatt Falk RHP / OF / Carbon , UT / 2023



Week Two (March 13-19) Stat Line:

IP 4 H 2 R 0 ER 0 BB 0 SO 10


Falk is now a solid 6-2 195 and projects 89-91 at the next level, and maybe more? Threw really well at the Preseason All-State, as he sat at an avg of 87.2 and touched 88, which at maturity portends 90+. The CB 72-73 has sweeping action with med depth, and creates chases across the plate for RHH's. From his slight cross fire delivery and arm action, which is similar to Corey Kluber, the CB 72-73 and CH at 78, have solid spacing and create wide ground to cover for hitters, when adding in the FB that that has 90% spin efficiency. Look for Falk to have a dominant senior season as he looks to make a college decision, after receiving a handful of JUCO offers. 


Positional ProfileRHP/OF
Arm Action: .
FB: T0, mph. T2177, 2055 average rpm.
CB: mph. T1842, 1723 average rpm.



A lean tall athletic build with strong legs and thickness through his thighs. Gathers well through a high kick to compact delivery. Med to full compact HTQ arm stroke with a loose wrist to finish pitches. Needs to get better ext over his front side at follow through, but looks to have not received much instruction, which lends itself to further overall mechanical and velocity development. The FB 80-84 and sat at 82. The CB 63-65 feathers and flips into the zone with loose rotation. Needs to throw it harder and more conviction. Shows shape and depth, though that’s a start in spinning the baseball. Has a solid year at the 3A level with 42 K outs in 30 IP’s with a 2.77 ERA in leading Carbon to a 3A runner up finish. Want to see more to see where his development is down the road! 


Cooper Ford 3B / SS / Juab, UT / 2023


 Top Uncommitted 3B

Week Two (March 13-19) State Line:

G 4 AB 13 R 4 H 6 HR 1 BI 8 2B 2


Ford is an athletic mover with the look and feel of a next level player. A 4 year starter and looks to either man 2B and form one of the state's better MIF’s with Austin Park at SS, or stay at 3B and form a potent left side of the INF for the 3A powerhouse Juab Wasps. A strong 2022 with the bat as Ford hit .367 with 3 HR’s, 24 RBI and was 2nd on the club with 36 hits. Look for those numbers to only jump off the page as Ford enters his senior campaign. A lean athletic look and symmetrically put together, with a streamlined athletic build. Defensively shows educated feet with some measurement to his actions, but shows instincts and side to side, ranging on the run and making plays. Shows the soft hands and glove actions to potentially be an offensive 2B type at the next level. I really believe this kid can play at a top D2 school or a top of the line JC. The bat shows a quick line drive stroke with abv avg hand/bat speed, with abv avg Blast Motion data, that suggests he will be able to hit good pitching at the next level. Look for a big senior year, as Ford looks to secure an offer soon. If I was a school of the caliber mentioned, I would jump on this kid quickly! 

Wyatt Payton C / OF / Juab, UT / 2023



Week Two (March 13-19) Stat Line:

G 4 AB 13 R 2 H 7 HR 1 BI 6 2B 1 IBB 1

Calvin Morrow OF / RHP / Fremont , UT / 2023


Committed: College of Southern Idaho

Week Two (March 13-19) Stat Line:

G 3 AB 11 R 0 H 6 BI 1 BB1 SO 1


Since the first day I saw this kid play live, all he’s done is hit and drive balls off the walls from LCF to the pull line. Morrow had a breakout season with a hitting line of .369 5 49 w/14 2B’s. A semi wide, square stance with a lean back and lift of the front heel as his first movement, while beginning to turn the barrel into the load phase, as his front foot lands soft and firm out front. Morrow doesn't have the fastest hands, but has abv avg timing and reads pitches and destroys FB’s middle-in. Able to tuck the hands in and buggy whip the barrel through contact for backspin LD power now and latent over the fence power to come. Defensively he needs the reps and instruction from someone who has a reputation of quality OF work, which are hard to find, but if the defense can catch up to the bat, the bat is of quality and with burgeoning power, this is a high ceiling offensive player. 


A surprise find for myself, as Cal was putting up hitting #’s for PBR Utah’s #1 ranked team at Fremont HS. The Silverwolves reeled off 24-25 straight wins, heading into the 6A tourney, and one of the biggest reasons was Cal Morrow. I was looking at MaxPreps stats and couldn’t take my eyes off the numbers Morrow was putting up, so I made the 350 mile drive to the Ogden area to see Morrow in action. He didn’t have the day I expected, but you could see the swing was ready for the next level and he looked the part at 6-1 200 with present strength and a gap to cap backspin type approach. Garnering 6A 2nd ™ All-State honors, Morrow put up a stat line of .369 5 49 w/14 2B’s and also touched 88 w/the FB on the mound. Morrow was a breakout bat at his first event (Top Prospect Games in mid-July) and earned the invite to the West Coast Games. The bat is really good! The defense needs reps and lots of game play and fly/ground ball reps away from game action, as he doesn’t play summer ball, as he is hidden from the metro view of Northern Utah. He did show closing speed on a couple of balls into the gap and into foul territory (RF) to make some run saving catches. The bat should be offered now by top JC’s and a nearby powerhouse D2 in CO, just across the border. He would be a perfect fit, to hit right away at those types of programs! 

‘22 6A RBI Leader (49 RBI's)

‘22 6AFirst Team All Region 2

2022 District Championship

2022 6A Second Team All State 2022


Cayson Bell RHP / SS / Dixie, UT / 2023


Committed: Glendale CC (AZ)

Week Two (March 13-19) Stat Line:

IP 5 H 1 R 0 ER 0 BB 1 SO 9

(Last Weeks Pitcher of the Week was masterful again and don't look for Bell top slow down this spring, as the new 90 mph FB, that is evident in his aggressive attack demeanor, as he has a new toy to play with and it's showing in his line scores. 


Bell matched up against high profile 2024 ASU commit, Easton Barrett in the opeing game of the season in the Sunshine Tournament, and Bell showed what we had been seeing throughout the Jan/Feb preseason velocity wise. The FB that was 83-87 all through a 9-0 junior season, and through the summer month's, culminating in Bell shutting things down after the PBR West Coast Games, due to fatigue, is now sitting 88-90 T91!! Bell was holding the velocity during this matchup, and touched 90 in the 5th inning, as he was cruising. With BYU commit and teammate Ridge Erickson putting on a clinic behind the plate, the top pitcher/catcher duo in the state, went to work in taking care of a Springville lineup, that had no answer for Bell. Cayson's final line: IP 6 H 2 R 1 ER 1 BB 1 SO 10, as he moved to a perfect 13-0 since the start of his sophomore year. It will be interesting to see where this new found toy, in establishing a FB that has jumped 4-5 mph since last summer. A pitcher that mixes and matches a late breaking 71-73 mph CB and solid avg CH 81-83 w/late hard sink, gives hitters a spacing of 3 pitches, that are becoming hard to cover and get the sweet spot too.  


Degan Rigby RHP / 3B / Bear River, UT / 2024



Week Two (March 13-19) Stat Line:

IP 5 H 5 R 4 ER 1 BB 1 SO 9


Since we last saw Rigby at the Utah State Games last October, the FB has taken a step forward and touched 91, with a working velocity of 86-90 T91. The 6-4 210 frame/build, has the makings of a low 90's FB and is in this scouts opinion, a legitimate D1 prospect! The secondary needs to improve and be cleaner, with consistency and K's, but the body, aggressive delivery and arm strength, coupled with now velo and two years of HS left, the best is yet to come from this physical farm boy, that has produced some hard throwers from his HS in recent memory!


Rigby is a big strapping country kid from the upper reaches of the state, but has the frame and natural strength that come with being 6-4 210, to reach back and throw a mid to upper 80's FB now, with plenty in the tank over the next two years of HS. The FB 85-88 at the All-State Games was his best velo to date, since we first saw him at the Northern Utah Open 6-7 weeks ago. The CB 69-74 has TQ tilted depth and needs added spin to create bite, so the pitch will take that biting turn at the end, to create problems for hitters. Playing for a quality state contending program at Bear River HS, and having a former U Utah alum in Donnie Hawes, who also played in the Reds system, helps as he is around a solid HS baseball environment.


Positional Profile: RHP/3B At 6-4 210 Lbs, Rigby has gone through a growth spurt and it has propelled his velocity forward with more in the tank as he irons out some max effort offerings right now. A strong farm town type kid, Rigby will be the ace of a talented Bear River squad that made a deep run in the 4A State tourney in St. George this past spring. Rigby should be counted on heavily as a junior this next spring and his 85-87 mph FB with a spin rate max of 2249, should take another tick upwards as he continues to tap into his frame and reach his man strength. The CB 67-70 has downward and TQ tilt and is spaced enough off his FB, that it creates a big spacing for hitters to cover both pitches. A flexible high kick to delivery and a loose HTQ arm action with plenty of arm speed to reach the low 90’s over the next couple of seasons, Rigby has received an invite to the upcoming invite only All-State Games and it will be interesting to see how he fares against other quality hitters looking for recruiting coverage and attention.


Beau Sampson LHP / 1B / Crimson Cliffs, UT / 2023


Committed: Salt Lake CC

Week Two (March 13-19) Stat Line:

IP 4 H 1 R 0 ER 0 BB 3 SO 9


I've seen Sampson since he was 12-13 yrs old and this is one of the biggest transformation stories in the state. Where he was once a growing Lefty that lacked velocity and always had a tender arm growing up, as he was growing like a weed. Now with his father who played at Dixie JC/Utah and was a strong physical power bat, and with a mother that is tall, the bloodlines have kicked in and have they ever. Beau is now an imposing 6-5 200 LHP that reminds me of former MLB pitcher, Andrew Miller and when all is said and done, I can see a 6-5 230 workhorse. Sampson show a tall compact delivery and gets a solid hip load at the apex of his knee kick, and turns his knee inward, which closes off his hip, and allows him to stay over the rubber and give his arm time to catch up. The FB was 84-87 in March and is now 86-90 with the CB showing lateral plane and shape from his extremely difficult LTQ arm slot. Very tough on LHH's and can realistically see a 89-93 FB by spring of '23. Is drawing big interest right now and is a legit Division 1 / National JUCO powerhouse type arm. Stay tuned...


Hudson Banks LHP / 1B / Pleasant Grove , UT / 2024


Committed: Salt Lake CC

Week Two (March 13-19) Stat Line:

IP 5 H 3 R 1 ER 1 BB 2 SO 10


Austin Taylor SS / 3B / Copper Hills, UT / 2023


Committed: Salt Lake CC

Week Two (March 13-19) Stat Line:

IP 7 H 2 R 0 ER 0 BB 0 SO 13


Taylor the younger brother of TCU star and potential 1st Rd pick, Brayden Taylor, not only has the bloodline through his brother, but his softball playing mother, and my former college teammate at Utah Valley in 1989, Troy Taylor. Taylor attended the Top Prospect Games last July at Pleasant Grove HS, along with 82 of the best invite prospects in the state, and caught the attention of Salt Lake CC and shortly thereafter received an offer and committed to the Bruins. Taylor with a whippy LTQ arm slot, that was up to 85, was 83-86 in his recent 2 hit CG shutout vs Skyline by a score of 2-0. The outing saw Taylor walk not a batter, as he struck out 13 Eagles hitters. A FB with a sweeping CB at 70-74 that gets lateral break and hitters chase off the plate. The CH 74 has a very low spin of 1200+ and he is able to kill spin and gets quality fade and late bottom in the zone. 


Zach Edwards RHP / SS / Riverton, UT / 2024


Committed: Oregon State

Week Two (March 13-19) Stat Line:

G 3 AB 9 R 6 H 7 BI 6 2B 3 3B 1 BB 3 SO 1

IP 3 H 2 R 0 ER 0 BB 0 SO 7


A 6-2 190 above avg athlete, that also plays basketball. Edwards was throwing his FB upwards of 88 mph in the fall ('19) of his 8th grade year, when he received his 1st D1 offer. Going into his freshman campaign, with many offers in hand, he chose powerhouse Oregon State. With a classic high kick to a compact delivery, Zach has good length down the slope with lower half leverage, and has a med compact arm circle thru a HTQ arm stroke. The FB touches 89, but works more in the 85-87 range which is really good considering his age. The CB has the makings of being a solid pitch and he throws K's. Will be fun to watch him on the Utah HS scene over the next 3+ years. 

Update: Off to a solid sophomore season in 2022, Edwards sustained a right shoulder injury and subsequently missed the better part of the season on the mound, although he DH'ed through the rest of the season. He finally came back in the fall and was touching the low 90's, and now that he's healthy, it has been reported by coach Dave Piersall at Riverton, that he is touching 92-93. We look forward to seeing Edwards in a matchup of the 2022 6A state championship vs American Fork at BYU on March 30th.




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.