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Toglia goes deep, ties career high with four knocks (Aug. 18)
Michael Toglia made Double-A Hartford history earlier this season when he became the club’s single-season home run record holder. Upon his arrival with Triple-A Albuquerque, he has kept up those same sweet-swinging ways, adding the second four-hit performance of his career to his résumé.
If you enjoy pull-side power, Toglia’s efforts in the Isotopes’ 9-5 defeat take on added significance. The 6-foot-5 slugger kicked off the scoring with a lined single in the first, notching a second righty-batting base knock to left in the third.
Toglia, who is ranked as Colorado’s No. 14 prospect, stepped in as a lefty batter for the first time in the fifth and promptly swatted his third homer in nine games for Albuquerque; he has gone deep 26 times across 106 games with the Yard Goats and Isotopes this season.
The Rockies’ first-round choice from the 2019 Draft tied a knot on his night with another line drive from the right side in the seventh, this one narrowly missing clearing the fence for his second homer of the contest; instead, he slid past a tag and collected a double.
While Toglia flew out in the ninth to thwart his cycle aspirations, the 24-year-old raised his Triple-A slash line to .343/.395/.714 in the process. His glove is his highest rated tool according to MLB Pipeline (65, on the 20-80 scale), and in an attempt to expand his defensive versatility ahead of a potential Denver call, he has seen reps in right field during 2022 as well. -- Jesse Borek
Colorado's No. 10 prospect made his first non-complex-level start since getting Tommy John surgery after tearing his UCL during his junior year at LSU. Although Hill was still recovering from his injury, the Rockies took a chance on the 6-foot-4, 234-pounder with the second-round (44th overall) selection in 2021.
In his first outing at Single-A, the 22-year-old proved that he still had juice in the tank. He tossed three scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and a hit-by-pitch while fanning seven batters. The first seven outs that the right-hander registered were all via strikeout. -- Ethan Sands
Toglia smashes his way into Hartford record books (Aug. 7)
It was ultimately a footnote in a loss, but Michael Toglia's 23rd home run of the season held twice the significance.
Toglia had done the same in 2021, although just five of them came with Hartford after he hit 17 home runs with High-A Spokane. After finishing July hitting .221, Toglia has come out of the gates in August raging hot, hitting .417 with three homers in six games. -- Jacob Resnick
Doyle power surge continues with multihomer game (Aug.6)
Brenton Doyle has become a pitcher’s nightmare
The 24-year-old’s power display came late as he crushed a solo blast to left field in the fifth inning. Doyle was not done there as hit his second solo long ball of the night in the ninth inning.
The outfielder’s power surge has brought his homer tally to 16 on the season. -- Edwin Perez
Veen reaches 50 stolen bases (August 3)
Stolen base numbers are up across the Minor Leagues. Zac Veen is among those taking advantage.
In two quick moments at Avista Stadium, baseball's No. 20 overall prospect swiped a pair of bags to reach 50 for the season, setting a new career-best mark, for High-A Spokane.
Veen walked with one out in the bottom of the first inning and stole second base to put himself in scoring position. Then, he swiped third, coming home on an RBI groundout by Colorado's No. 14 prospect Warming Bernabel.
The 20-year-old came into pro ball, after being selected ninth overall in 2020, with his 60-grade hit tool as his calling card, but his wheels have become a powerful force as the season has gone on. Veen stole eight bases in April and eight in May followed by 12 steals in June and 18 in July. With three so far in August, the outfielder now has five stolen bases over his last three contests.
Perhaps more impressively, he's only been thrown out three times in 53 attempts this year.
Veen became the eighth Minor Leaguer to reach 50 steals this season, a mark that hasn't been achieved since 2015, when 13 players did so. -- Tyler Maun
The tandem combined to go 5-for-12 on the night with seven RBIs and four extra-base hits.
Guerrero, Colorado's No. 22 prospect, began the hitting parade with a leadoff triple to right field in the second inning. Fernandez, the Rockies' No. 16 prospect, came all the way around to bat in a six-run second and notched a bases-clearing triple to right of his own. Fernandez followed with a two-run single to right to give his team a commanding 11-0 lead while matching a career high with a season-high five RBIs by just the third inning. Guerrero took the reins with a leadoff double to center and found himself up to the plate again to crack a two-run triple to right to close out a seven-run sixth.
The young studs are proving to be impactful in the middle of the order. -- Ethan Sands
Doyle notches four hits for Yard Goats (July 24)
Brenton Doyle is a tough out, and when he puts the ball in play, good things happen.
Binghamton pitching learned as much when it was unable to retire Doyle over the course of Double-A Hartford’s 10-6 win over the Rumble Ponies at Mirabito Stadium. The Rockies No. 8 prospect went 4-for-4 with two runs scored, doubling in the second and singling in his next three at bats in the Yard Goats’ matinee victory.
It was the first four-hit game of the season for the 24-year-old Doyle, who is in the midst of an uneven but productive first season at Double-A. Doyle’s swing-and-miss issues have followed the center fielder from High-A, but he still displays a hard-to-find combination of power and speed, with 12 home runs and 17 stolen bases in 80 games. -- Joe Trezza
Toglia extends streak with two home runs (July 22)
Michael Toglia returned from the break the same way he left -- mashing home runs.
The switch-hitter crushed his first home run to right-center field in the fifth inning. Toglia waited until the eighth to strike again, with a go-ahead long ball sent to left-center field.
This was Toglia's second multi-homer game of the season and fifth of his career. He raised his season home run total to 19 and is only three home runs away from tying his career record of 22 set last season. -- Alyssa Gomez
Toglia started his perfect day at the plate with two singles in his first two at-bats, along with his sixth stolen base of the season. With the game knotted at one in the fifth, the 23-year-old worked a full count before sending the seventh pitch of the AB over the wall in right-center for a go-ahead three-run blast. He singled to right and walked to complete his day.
With his 16th long ball of the season, the switch-hitter is vying to match his career-best mark of 22 dingers he set in 115 games last season across two levels. The four-hit effort was Toglia’s first of his career and his first game this season collecting more than two hits. -- Stephanie Sheehan
MLB’s No. 97 overall prospect grounded out in his first two at-bats before rattling off two singles to left, a double to center and a walk in his final four plate appearances of the night. It’s his seventh game this season with three or more hits and his fourth multihit effort of the month.
A 19-year-old signed during the 2019-20 international signing period, the switch-hitting Amador has been seeing the ball extremely well in his sophomore season, slashing .306/.410/.465 with 11 homers, 14 doubles, 15 stolen bases, 35 RBIs and more walks (49) than strikeouts (45) in 75 games. -- Stephanie Sheehan