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Top Michael Toglia News

  • Rockies' Michael Toglia: Optioned out to Triple-A

    Toglia was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque by the Rockies on Tuesday.

    The 24-year-old seemed to have a good chance of making the Opening Day roster in Colorado before the Rockies signed Jurickson Profar last week. Toglia posted impressive numbers in the upper minors last season before struggling badly with strikeouts upon his arrival to the majors. He struck out 24 times in 73 at-bats this spring in the Cactus League, though he did also produce a shiny .900 OPS. Toglia is likely to get another extended look in the early part of the 2023 regular season.

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  • Rockies' Michael Toglia: Smacks first spring homer

    Toglia went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and three strikeouts in Sunday's Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks.

    Toglia was in the lineup at first base, though he'll be trying to crack the Opening Day roster as an outfielder. His chances of doing so have improved due to injuries to Sean Bouchard (biceps) and Randal Grichuk (groin), though he has struck out 12 times across 39 plate appearances through 13 games this spring. Toglia also struck out at a 36.7 percent clip in a 120 plate-appearance sample in Colorado to close the 2022 campaign.

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  • Rockies' Michael Toglia: In better position for MLB roster

    Toglia is better positioned for a spot on the Rockies' Opening Day roster with Sean Bouchard (biceps) out indefinitely, Danielle Allentuck of the Denver Gazette reports.

    Toglia was a mess offensively in his first taste of MLB action last season, striking out 44 times in 120 at-bats, but he worked diligently this winter on his timing to the baseball and barrel accuracy. Prior to his callup to the Rockies last August, the 24-year-old registered an .852 OPS with 30 home runs in 114 games between Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque. He can play first base and the corner outfield while also functioning as an option at DH. That's a similar profile to Bouchard, who suffered a ruptured biceps muscle Wednesday.

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  • Rockies' Michael Toglia: Ends season with four strikeouts

    Toglia went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Toglia ended his season on a sour note, though he had collected at least one hit in his three prior games. He ended his rookie season with a .216/.275/.378 line across 120 plate appearances, and he had a concerning 36.7 percent strikeout rate.

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  • Rockies' Michael Toglia: Retreats to bench Saturday

    Toglia isn't starting Saturday against the Dodgers.

    Toglia started the last four games and went 1-for-13 with a run, an RBI, two walks and five strikeouts. Sean Bouchard, Yonathan Daza and Randal Grichuk are starting in the outfield from left to right Saturday.

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  • Rockies' Michael Toglia: Struggling with strikeouts

    Toglia went 0-for-4 with an RBI on Wednesday against the Giants.

    Toglia grounded out in the top of the ninth inning to drive in his 11th run of the season. Across his last 14 starts, Toglia has struck out at a 38.9 percent clip with a .160 average. Despite his struggles, he's maintained a consistent role in between first base and the outfield.

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  • Rockies' Michael Toglia: Takes seat Sunday

    Toglia is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Padres.

    Toglia will head to the bench after he struck out a career-high three times in Saturday's 9-3 loss, ending a streak of six consecutive starts. C.J. Cron (hand) is back in the lineup Sunday after a three-game absence, so Toglia is expected to primarily vie with fellow rookie Sean Bouchard for playing time in the corner outfield over the final week and a half of the season.

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  • Rockies' Michael Toglia: Shows off speed Monday

    Toglia went 3-for-4 with two triples, a run, two RBI and a stolen base in a loss to the Giants on Monday.

    Toglia isn't known for his speed, but he showed that he can get around the bases Monday. The rookie picked up his first two triples as well as his first stolen base as a big-leaguer in the loss. This was the first three-hit game of Toglia's major-league career and put an end to a cold snap during which he went 0-for-18 with 10 strikeouts over his previous five contests.

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  • Rockies' Michael Toglia: Out of Sunday's lineup

    Toglia is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs, Patrick Lyons of reports.

    Toglia has started every game since being called up from Triple-A Albuquerque on Aug. 30, and he'll receive a day off after he posted a .190/.242/.397 slash line in his first 16 big-league contests. Yonathan Daza will start in center field Sunday, which pushes Randal Grichuk to right.

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  • Rockies' Michael Toglia: Solid effort Sunday

    Toglia went 3-for-7 with two doubles, a walk, an RBI and a run scored across both games of Sunday's doubleheader against the Reds.

    Toglia started both games of the doubleheader, though all of his production came in the opening contest. He continues to get regular run in right field and has taken advantage by collecting six hits across his first 21 at-bats in the majors. It remains to be seen how the club will allocate playing time when Yonathan Daza (shoulder) can return, but Toglia figures to remain in team's plans moving forward.

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  • Rockies' Michael Toglia: Getting regular run

    Toglia went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Friday against the Reds.

    Toglia was recalled Aug. 30 and slugged his first career home run one day later. While he's gone only 1-for-6 with three strikeouts since, the Rockies have found him regular playing time -- primarily in right field -- as he's been in the lineup in all four games since his promotion. In 495 plate appearances between Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque, Toglia maintained a .252/.343/.513 line.

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  • Rockies' Michael Toglia: Slugs first big-league homer

    Toglia went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in a loss to Atlanta on Wednesday.

    Toglia went hitless in four at-bats in his major-league debut Tuesday, but he rebounded with a pair of hits in his second game. His big knock was a two-run homer off Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning that brought the Rockies to within a run. Toglia pounded 30 home runs over 114 contests between two minor-league levels this season. There's a lot of swing-and-miss in his profile, but there's also plenty of power in his 6-foot-5 frame.

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  • Rockies' Michael Toglia: Gets call-up to majors

    The Rockies selected Toglia's contract from Triple-A Albuquerque ahead of Tuesday's game in Atlanta, Thomas Harding of reports.

    A corresponding transaction hasn't been announced, but Colorado apparently won't wait until the roster expands to 28 men Thursday before bringing Toglia aboard to the big leagues. The switch-hitting 23-year-old will likely spell C.J. Cron at first base occasionally, but the designated-hitter spot may present the clearer path for Toglia to see consistent at-bats. Toglia earned his promotion to Colorado by supplying a 1.171 OPS in 17 games with Albuquerque following his Aug. 10 call-up from Double-A Hartford.

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  • Rockies' Michael Toglia: Headed to Albuquerque

    Toglia was promoted to Triple-A Albuquerque on Aug. 10.

    Toglia spent the entire season with Double-A Hartford, and he managed to maintain a .347 wOBA and 114 wRC+ across 420 plate appearances. He also struck out at a 30.2 percent clip, which will be something to monitor as he continues to progress through the upper levels of the minor leagues and into the majors. After playing exclusively at first base in 2021, Toglia has played a handful of games in right field -- a move that could accelerate his path to Colorado.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-5, 226 lbs
Birthplace: Phoenix, AZ
Age: 24
School: UCLA
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: S, L