Rockies 1st Round Choice Michael Toglia and 5 Other Selections Agree to Terms

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First-round draft choice Michael Toglia, the Rockies first-round selection in the First-Year Player draft this year, and seven other selections agreed to terms, the Rockies announced Tuesday. The signing brings to 25 draft picks who have agreed to terms with the Rockies, including 20th-round selection Yorvis Torrealba, an outfielder and the son of former Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba.

In addition to Toglia, the 23rd player taken over all, and Torrealba, the Rockies announced agreement with right-handed pitcher Will Ethride, the fifth-round pick; shortstop Turner Brown, the 19th-round pick; right-handed pitcher Fineas Del Bonta-Smith, the 22nd-round selection, right-handed pitcher Keven Pimentel, the 28th round selection, and catcher Colin Simpson, the 29th round selection.

The club is expected to sign six more of the 41 players they selected.

Three of those six are on teams still alive in the College World Series -- competitive balance pick Karl Kauffman of Michigan, a pitcher who was selected between the second and third rounds, and 20th-round pitck Trysten Barlow and 25th round-pick Keegan James, both from Mississippi State.

Eighth-round pick Jacob Kostyshock is now eligible to sign, Arkansas having been eliminated on Monday. The two others the Rockies are expected to eventually sign are 11th-round selection Mike Ruff of Florida Atlantic and 12th-round selection chris

Toglia, 20, batted .314 (76-for-242) with 50 runs, 16 doubles, four triples, 17 home runs, 65 RBI, 30 walks and 65 strikeouts for UCLA this season, and was named an All-Pac-12 selection for the second consecutive season. Across three seasons with the Bruins, batted .307 (198-for-644) with 134 runs, 51 doubles, six triples, 36 home runs, 156 RBI, 111 walks and 174 strikeouts.

The Gig Harbor, Wash., native was the eighth infielder ever selected by the Rockies with their first selection in the draft (the sixth in the first round), and the first player selected as a first baseman in the first round by Colorado since Todd Helton in 1995. He was originally drafted by the Rockies in the 35th round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Gig Harbor High School (Gig Harbor, Wash.), but did not sign.

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