Gig Harbor senior Mike Toglia, a UCLA baseball signee, was drafted in the 35th round of the Major League Baseball draft on Saturday, June 11 with the 1,040th pick.
Toglia is expected to stick to his plan, attending college and playing baseball at UCLA.
Toglia, who was named to The News Tribune’s All-Area team, had a 1.00 ERA in 42 innings and hit .316 with four homers and 21 RBI, propelling Gig Harbor to a Narrows 4A title and ultimately, a berth in the state tournament.
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Scott Hatteberg, a Gig Harbor resident, former MLB player and current special assistant to baseball operations for the Oakland Athletics, told the Gateway in April that he liked what he saw from Toglia when he had a chance to watch him play.
“He’s a great package that has a lot of projection,” Hatteberg said in April. “In the scouting world, ‘projection’ is a great word. He’s a switch hitter and he’s grown like bamboo in the last three years. He hasn’t been a guy that you’ve known for a long time. He swings it really smooth from both sides, hits for average and power. He’s an athletic kid with the chance to even get bigger. He checks off a lot of boxes that are required of a major leaguer.”
Gig Harbor’s season ended with in the Class 4A state quarterfinals with a 7-4 loss to Kentwood. In the opening-round game of the state tournament, Toglia pitched a gem, shutting out Mt Si in a 1-0 win for the Tides.