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August 9, 2017

Notes from the Field

Amateur Notes: August 9, 2017

by Skyler Kanfer


In his first batch of notes from the Cape Cod League, Skyler Kanfer discusses two future relievers and a potential top option for the 2019 draft. -Craig Goldstein

Michael Toglia, RF, UCLA (Cotuit Kettleers)
Toglia, a 6-foot-5 switch-hitter from UCLA, has dealt with a left foot injury for nearly the entirety of his summer on the Cape, but that didn’t stop him from showing why he has the makings of an elite-level talent for the 2019 draft. With a still developing body, the 18-year-old Toglia already boasts above-average to plus raw and game power from both sides of the plate to go along with a plus eye, plus bat speed, and an advanced approach at the plate. From the left side, Toglia uses his lower body to generate significant power and bat control despite a minor hitch in his swing. From his natural right-handed side, the incorporation of his lower body is presently a work in progress but the issues he has in that regard should be more than correctable over the next two years. He has the potential to grow into another grade of raw power from both sides in the coming years, given that he can make the necessary mechanical and physical improvements.

While Toglia is already a fine enough athlete to stick in the outfield, there is little reason to believe that he cannot or will not continue to improve athletically as he matures into his body. Given his above-average arm, he profiles best in right field, the position that he played for UCLA this past spring. The youngest position player in the entire Cape Cod League, Toglia has all the makings of being one of the first players selected in the 2019 draft and the ability to fill the prototypical major-league right fielder profile. While it would perhaps be a moderate surprise if a healthy Toglia is not playing for Team USA next summer, he is the most impressive 2019 bat on the Cape this summer and is the caliber of raw talent that you don’t often get to see on the Cape. He has improved considerably over the course of the summer and used the season’s latter stages to establish himself as one of the top hitters in the league despite his age and relative lack of experience. While there are more advanced and polished players on the Cape than Toglia, there might not be a single other prospect in the league with the upside to reach the heights that his remarkable talents could be able to take him.

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