The Wenatchee AppleSox now claim three alumni as first round picks after UCLA first baseman Michael Toglia was selected 23rd overall by the Colorado Rockies in the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Monday night.
The 6-foot-5 switch-hitter at UCLA joins Marco Gonzales (2013), James Kaprielian (2015) and Keston Hiura (2017) as AppleSox alumni that became first-round selections. As a junior, Toglia is hitting .319 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI through 60 games. UCLA defeated Loyola-Marymount on Monday to advance the super regional of the NCAA Baseball Tournament. Toglia went 5-for-12 in the Los Angeles Regional and homered against both Baylor and Loyola-Marymount on Sunday.
Toglia was the Most Valuable Player of the West Coast League in 2016 after hitting .306 in 45 games with a league-best seven home runs and 40 RBI for the AppleSox.
The MLB Draft continues today and tomorrow with coverage on MLB.com.