Utah HS Team Preview: Bingham HS
March 8, 2023
Utah HS Team Previews - Bingham Miners
Opening Day and the weekend has arrived! The Utah High School Activities Association has announced that opening day of the 2022 season will commence on Monday March 6th. Jeff Scholzen (Utah Scouting Director) begins the 2023 season coverage with our annual preseason team previews, where we will take notes from coaches, and highlight returning players, newcomers, and some sleepers. Over the next couple of weeks and leading up to opening day, we will be highlighting some of the top programs in the state with our team previews.
As our ardent readers are aware, Team Previews are answered by the Head Coaches of those programs and the scouting reports embedded in the PBR player profiles of the top players, are written by state scouting director Jeff Scholzen, the states only full-time MLB Area Scouting supervisor ever.
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This season as in every past season, stats are collected across the state at the end of that week's play, with input from coaches, assistant coaches and ultimately myself in putting together comprehensive player content on a weekly basis with the following.
1. Weekly Utah Power 25 Overall Team Rankings (Monday)
2. Player and Pitcher of the Week, along with other notable player performances (Tuesday)
3. Player Spotlights throughout the spring of top players who are making their mark on the HS scene in capturing college recruiting looks.
4. I will be scouting games throughout the state and posting player videos on Twitter for college marketing purposes on a weekly basis and in some cases where action is flowing and games are staggered, such as the preseason tourneys down south on a daily basis.
Quick Footnote: Only 7% of all HS baseball players will play college baseball and the elite of that group, which consists of only 2% will play at the D1 level. These are the players I’m watching and gleaning information on. This is determined by objective data from events, as well as the subjective eye evaluations, honed from my 30 years at the college and professional level.
Bingham by the Numbers
Head Coach: Joe Sato (31st Year)
One of the most decorated HS coaches in the country!
2014 Was inducted into the National High School Baseball Coaches Association HALL OF FAME.
UHSAA Classification: 6A (Region 3)
State Tournament Appearances in the past 10 years: 2013-2022 (10)
Number of Final 4 State Tournament Appearances in last 10 years: 7
Number of State Title appearances in last 10 years: 3
Number of State Titles in last 10 Years: 2 / 3 over last 12 years
The Bingham “Miners”, aptly named after Bingham Canyon, also known as Kennecott copper mine, which is located near Salt Lake City, UT, and is one of the world’s largest man-made open pit copper mine excavations. Not only is this copper mine visible from anywhere in the Salt Lake valley, but its baseball program is just as much visible to the state of Utah, the region and is always in contention for a top 50 national ranking, year in and year out.
The Miners have appeared in numerous west coast invitational tournaments over the years, and are a regular at the San Diego Lions Tournament and have played in the USA Baseball NHSI Tournament, consisting of 16 of the top HS programs in the country. The tournament is annually hosted in Cary, NC at the USA Baseball Complex, and is attended by dozens and dozens of MLB scouts, as the field of teams is not only selected because of their winning ways, but the amount of D1/college and potential pro talent these elite programs produce.
In addition to the Miners winning ways, they are a college producing haven for the state and routinely pump out D1 talent and also produced 2012 18th Rd draft pick, RHP-Brady Lail, who originally had signed with the U of Arizona, before opting to sign with the New York Yankees for a then sizable $250,000 bonus. Lail made his MLB debut on August 12, 2019 for the Yankees
Key Returners with Class/Position
Maddax Peck RHP / Bingham, UT / 2023
Rankings State Rank: 14 / POS: 6
Committed: Brigham Young U
Bridger Slade LHP / 1B / Bingham, UT / 2023
Rankings State Rank: 28 / POS: 3
Committed: Salt Lake CC
Boston Jacobs C / 1B / Bingham, UT / 2023
Committed: Salt Lake CC
Dallen Martinez, Sr. SS
Key players lost to graduation
Jon Hatch (Serving a 2 year mission to Taiwan / Signed with Salt Lake CC)
Maxton Peck (Salt Lake CC)
Rylan Marti (USU-Eastern)
Preston Jacobson (Colorado Northwestern CC)
Matt English (Colorado Northwestern CC)
Who is your X Factor to your success
Any Junior/Soph pitchers who step up
Returning players who were named All-Region / All-State
1st Team All Region > Boston Jacobs
2nd Team All Region > Maddax Peck
Honorable Mention All-State > Dallen Martinez
Players who are now playing College Baseball from 2022
Maxton Peck (SLCC)
Rylan Marti (Utah State Eastern)
Matt English and Preston Jacobson (Colorado Northwestern CC)
Jon Hatch (SLCC/LDS Mission)
List players you feel have college baseball potential*
Maddax Peck, Sr. (BYU)
Bridger Slade Sr. (Salt Lake CC)
Boston Jacobs Sr. (Salt Lake CC)
Jake Wallin, Sr.
Andrew Dabo, Jr.
Kam Beck, So
List players in your region you feel have the potential to play professional baseball, either out of HS or College
Check Riverton HS entire roster
Copper Hills > Gage Olson
Mountain Ridge > Jaxson Reiser
Coaches Summary and Outlook
Lost most of the offensive production from a year ago; Rough fall offensively so a lot of work to do there. Boston Jacobs is a quality bat and hoping a couple of talented juniors and sophomores will mature early and help provide some offense. Similar losses on the pitching staff, but the bright spot is having BYU commit Maddax Peck returning. Much thinner on the mound than in past years, so with putting it all together, Miners will have to rely on a lot of ghosts from the past to scratch out some wins.
Joe Sato (Head Coach)
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.