Touki Toussaint, a pitching prospect for the Braves, has done well through Atlanta’s minor league system. However, it didn’t always look that way for him. In his first full minor league season, he posted an 8.46 ERA in 28.2 innings.
From there, he got better. His next season, in 2015, he was traded into Atlanta’s minor league system in a blockbuster (not) trade where it was Phil Gosselin for Touki Toussaint and Bronson Arroyo. That year he played solely single-A ball, posting a significantly improved 4.83 ERA. 2016 was not a whole lot different, though he again improved his ERA, this time lowering it to 3.88 (all season spent in Rome) 2017 is where he started moving up. He started the season up in Florida, then went from Florida to Mississippi. That year, he posted a 4.53, quite a jump over the previous season, but that ERA was lower in AA ball than in A+ ball.
From there, in 2018, he moved from Mississippi to Gwinnett, and now to Atlanta. So far this season, he has posted the best ERA of his career, at just 2.68. He averages 10.68K/9 so far this year. He has shown improved control, and walks have decreased every season (along with his ERA, as shown above). He has only pitched 5 games in Gwinnett before receiving his callup to Atlanta.
We explain his call-up rules here.
Today in his debut, watch for a fastball that sits in the upper 90’s. His curveball is his favorite secondary pitch, which is really quite good. A changeup is his third pitch, which he still uses fairly often. Sean Newcomb uses these three pitches as well, though his fastball is not as fast.
Don’t miss out on his bat, either. He is going to be one of the better hitting-pitchers on the team. He has hit .310 this year in the minors, going 9-29, including 3 doubles, 1 walk, scoring 4 runs and knocking in 6.
Get excited, it’s Touki Time!
By Andrew Carter @AndrewC_Braves
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