22-Year-Old Pitcher – Atlanta Braves
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
The Braves have so many high-quality pitching prospects that Toussaint gets lost in the shuffle. Unfortunately, that depth makes it even more likely that he will end up in the bullpen. His 9.0 percent...
Touki Toussaint Contract Information:
Signed with the Diamondbacks in June of 2014.
Toussaint was promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday.
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Atlanta Braves Roster
MajorsAcuna, Ronald (OF)
AAAAllard, Kolby (P)
A+Anderson, Ian (P)
AContreras, William (C)
RookieBacon, Troy (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Toussaint has now logged 220 innings at Low-A, walking 119 batters over that span. Those totals are obviously connected, as most young pitchers with mid-90s gas, a plus curveball and average changeup spend at most one season at a level, and are often pushed aggressively up the ladder. He may be closing games for the Braves in 2020, but there are some factors that still give hope to the notion that Toussaint could make it as a starter. He won't turn 21 until June, which will make him young for the Florida State League, so while he has already logged a lot of innings in full-season ball, developmentally he is still pretty pliable. Toussaint also has prototypical 6-foot-3, 185-pound size and is an excellent athlete, which can be a precursor for command/control gains. He was as overpowering as ever last year, allowing a .217 average while posting a 22.4 percent strikeout rate, so No. 2 starter upside remains for the thrill-seeking dynasty league owner.
Toussaint was taken with the 16th pick in the 2014 draft, and in addition to having a 70-grade name, he also has about as much upside as any pitcher in the draft class. The 18-year-old righty was deployed for 28.2 innings in rookie ball, and demonstrated his ability to miss bats with a potentially elite fastball/curveball combo (32 strikeouts), but he also reminded everyone just how much refining there is left to do (1.95 WHIP on 38 hits and 18 walks). If he is assigned to full-season ball as an 18-year-old, it will be understandable if his ERA and WHIP don't match the hype surrounding his arm right away. In time, this is a pitcher who will be able to embarrass hitters in the low levels of the minors. Don't get too aggressive in dynasty leagues, as Toussaint probably won't make the big leagues until 2018, and a lot can happen between now and then. But in the meantime, there is a lot to dream on here.