DENVER – The Colorado Rockies added another first baseman to their roster by selecting UCLA’s Michael Toglia with the 23rd overall pick in the 2019 Major League Baseball first-year player draft.
The 20p-year-old switch-hitting junior batted 311 (69-for-222) with 45 runs, 16 doubles, four triples, 14 home runs, 57 RBI, 25 walks and 60 strikeouts en route to being named an All-Pac-12 selection for the second consecutive season, according to the Colorado Rockies.
Toglia was an All-Pac-12 selection in 2018 after leading the team in RBI (58), doubles (24) and walks (48) and he was the only Bruins player to start in all 59 games on the season.
Duing his freshman season in 2017, ranked in the top 10 with his eight home runs and 33 walks, the Rockies also said.
Toglia, a native of Gig Harbor, Wash., is the eighth infielder ever selected by the Rockies with their first selection in the draft (the sixth in the first round, according to the Rockies), and the first player selected as a first baseman in the first round by Colorado since Todd Helton in 1995.
The Rockies have two more selections on this first day of the draft: the 62nd overall pick in the second round and the 77th overall pick in competitive balance round B.