College | Story | 4/18/2019

College Notes: UCLA vs. ECU

Steve Fiorindo        
Photo: Michael Toglia (Scott Chandler)

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Players covered:
Michael Toglia (UCLA), Ryan Garcia (UCLA), Bryant Packard (East Carolina), Alec Burleson (East Carolina), Spencer Brickhouse (East Carolina), Jake Agnos (East Carolina), Trey Benton (East Carolina), Gavin Williams (East Carolina).

Michael Toglia, UCLA
Toglia, who opened the year as a Third Team Preseason All-American, opened this year rather slow but broke out in a big way against a ranked East Carolina team. He was directly responsible for two of the three wins against the Pirates, hitting a game-tying three-run home run and the go-ahead two-run double in game one and then hit a walkoff three-run shot in game two. That led to him being named the Week 9 Player of the Week.

When he’s swinging the bat as well as he can you see shades of the Mark Teixeira comp as a plus defender at first base with power hitting abilities from both sides of the plate. He’s a tall, angular athlete that gets great extension and the ability to drive the ball to all parts of the ballpark. He has played some corner outfield during his time at UCLA but could be a Gold Glove-caliber first baseman as a professional. A strong finish could lead to him being a day one selection in the 2019 MLB Draft as a patient, power-hitting, switch-hitting first baseman with a knack for making consistent, hard contact.

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