Touki Toussaint

SP / Atlanta Braves / EXP: 0YRS / MINORS Height: 6-3 Weight: 185 lb Age: 21 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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    • Braves' Touki Toussaint: Headed to AFL in offseason
      By RotoWire Staff

      Toussaint will be one of eight Braves prospects to take part in the Arizona Fall League this year, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. A 19-year-old phenom, Ronald Acuna, headlines the group, but Toussiant -- the Braves' No. 9 fantasy prospect -- has taken a big step forward in his own development this season, showing hints of improved control and posting a 10.5 K.9 and 3.6 BB/9 in 105.1 High-A innings before a promotion to Double-A in late July. The young right-hander will need to continue honing his command if he wants to remain on track as a starter, but even if he can't curb the walks he could still eventually make an impact in the majors as a high-leverage reliever.

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    • Toussaint was called up to Double-A Mississippi on Thursday, Keith Law of ESPN reports. Toussaint has been with High-A Florida since the beginning of this season, accumulating a 5.04 ERA and 1.36 WHIP over the course of 19 starts. During 105.1 innings the right-hander struck out 123 batters, but was plagued by a rough .349 BABIP, which resulted in a 3-9 record and a rocky ERA by his standards. The key for Toussaint has come with an improved sense of command, walking just 3.6 hitters per nine innings as opposed to the 4.8 BB/9 he posted last season with Low-A Rome, and he's been even better recently, striking out 19 without walking a batter in his final two starts for Florida before his promotion. He will still have to continue to work on diminishing his walk rate with Mississippi, but his propensity to amass strikeouts gives the 21-year-old plenty of upside moving forward.

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    • Toussaint allowed one run on six hits and three walks over seven innings while striking out 10 for High-A Florida in Thursday's loss to Lakeland. The 16th overall pick in 2014 has plenty to work on when it comes his control -- Toussaint has walked multiple batters in nine straight starts, and his 4.1 BB/9 on the year is far from ideal -- but the 10 strikeouts Thursday were a season high and he now sports a 10.2 K/9 through 92.1 innings. The 21-year-old has plenty of time to figure things out, and given the pitching depth in their farm system the Braves won't rush him. In deep dynasty formats, Toussaint's upside still makes him an intriguing fantasy asset.

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    • Braves' Touki Toussaint: Fans eight for Fire Frogs
      By RotoWire Staff

      Toussaint (1-5) was a tough-luck loser for High-A Florida on Thursday, allowing one run on four hits and a walk while striking out eight over six innings in a 1-0 loss to Tampa. A surface glance at the 20-year-old's numbers (6.92 ERA, 1.31 WHIP) suggests another lost season is in the works for Toussaint, but a closer look shows that he's dramatically improved his control so far in 2017. After not posting a BB/9 below 4.8 in any minor-league campaign coming into this year, Toussaint has a strong 2.7 BB/9 mark through 40.1 innings to go along with a career-best 11.2 K/9. If he continues to command the strike zone in that fashion, the 16th overall pick in the 2014 draft seems poised to blossom over the summer, giving the Braves yet another high-upside arm in their loaded system.

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    • Toussaint tossed five shutout innings in his first start for High-A Florida, giving up two hits and two walks while striking out six. The Braves opted to split up last year's legendary Low-A Rome rotation, sending Max Fried, Kolby Allard and Mike Soroka to Double-A, while Toussaint and Ricardo Sanchez were promoted on a normal pace, moving up one level to the Florida State League. Toussaint's electric stuff should allow him to dominate High-A hitters this year even if his control remains shaky, but if he throws more strikes, his stock will really take off.

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