Touki Toussaint
Touki Toussaint
24-Year-Old PitcherSP
Atlanta Braves
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Toussaint is the latest September cautionary tale. Across six appearances (four starts) for the Braves in September of 2018, Toussaint had a 27.7 K%, .198 BAA and 3.90 FIP. He also had an 18.8 BB% during that span, and anyone who took a flier on Toussaint over, say, teammate Mike Soroka in drafts last March paid the price. He was optioned down at the end of spring training, gave up eight runs in his first 11.1 innings with the big-league team and ended up spending his time in the bullpen when not getting clobbered at Triple-A. The fact is his command and control are lacking; Toussaint struggles to fill up the strike zone and rarely does his catcher not have to move his glove off the target. He was a prospect of some repute and is still only 23 years old, but it should be noted that Toussaint's fastball velocity did not play up in relief. This will be a season to simply monitor from a safe distance. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Braves in August of 2018.
Optioned to alternate site
PAtlanta Braves  AAA
September 15, 2020
Toussaint was optioned to Atlanta's alternate training site following Monday's game.
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Toussaint allowed eight runs (five earned) while recording just eight outs in his start against the Orioles on Monday. He now owns an 8.88 ERA in 24.1 innings on the year and a 5.97 ERA in 95 career big-league innings. Jasseel De La Cruz was recalled in a corresponding move.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
70
Last 10 Games
70
Last 5 Games
70
How many pitches does Touki Toussaint generally throw?
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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21-30
 
31-40
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-18%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-13%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-48%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-32%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .277 184 38 30 41 12 1 7
Since 2018vs Right .226 257 69 33 48 8 0 6
2020vs Left .255 60 14 10 12 3 1 3
2020vs Right .294 60 16 6 15 1 0 4
2019vs Left .390 71 13 9 23 7 0 4
2019vs Right .202 127 32 17 21 2 0 1
2018vs Left .143 53 11 11 6 2 0 0
2018vs Right .211 70 21 10 12 5 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-45%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-69%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-46%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-34%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 4.45 1.46 54.2 5 1 0 10.0 5.4 1.3
Since 2018Away 8.03 1.79 40.1 1 2 0 10.3 6.7 1.1
2020Home 4.80 1.47 15.0 0 0 0 11.4 6.6 1.8
2020Away 15.43 2.25 9.1 0 2 0 10.6 4.8 3.9
2019Home 4.03 1.52 22.1 3 0 0 9.7 4.4 1.6
2019Away 7.45 1.86 19.1 1 0 0 9.8 7.0 0.5
2018Home 4.67 1.38 17.1 2 1 0 9.3 5.7 0.5
2018Away 3.09 1.29 11.2 0 0 0 10.8 7.7 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Touki Toussaint compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.88
 
K/9
11.1
 
BB/9
5.9
 
HR/9
2.6
 
Fastball
94.0 mph
 
ERA
8.88
 
WHIP
1.77
 
BABIP
.341
 
GB/FB
1.37
 
Left On Base
45.2%
 
Exit Velocity
82.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.6%
 
Spin Rate
2136 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
26.1%
 
Swinging Strike
12.6%
 
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Toussaint is back in most evaluators' good graces after impressing at the three highest levels of organized baseball last season. His control left him after he arrived to the majors (6.5 BB/9), but he was able to overcome those issues to a large extent and achieve respectable results for a 22-year-old. What separates Toussaint is his split-finger pitch. He had a 56% groundball rate on that offering, which he threw 20.6% of the time while with Atlanta. He struggled to get his fastball by hitters, but the pitch had a 50% flyball rate (16.7% GB%). Having one extreme groundball pitch to pair with an extreme flyball pitch helped Toussaint beat the estimators at all but one stop on the farm. The curveball provides a strikeout punch, and the workload is not a big concern after he built up to 165.1 innings in 2018. There's no reason to think Toussaint won't be in the rotation, so it makes sense to get aggressive with him after the more proven options dry up.
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 walk rate in the Florida State League was his best mark since rookie ball and his 26.3 percent strikeout rate ranked second in the league among pitchers who threw 100-plus innings. His 5.04 ERA and 1.36 WHIP were uninspiring, but his 3.39 FIP paints a more accurate picture of how he pitched at High-A. An extremely athletic 6-foot-3, 185-pound righty, Toussaint continues to make minor improvements each year, and he was able to finish his campaign with a seven-start run at Double-A. With a plus fastball, plus curveball and solid-average changeup, he has the repertoire to start, and on the right day he can look like a future frontline arm. However, on most nights, his command/control can be so bad that he looks like a lock to end up in the bullpen. Extreme patience is required with this lottery ticket.
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.
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Hammered for eight runs
PAtlanta Braves  AAA
September 14, 2020
Toussaint (0-2) allowed eight runs (five earned) on seven hits and three walks over 2.2 innings Monday, striking out two batters and taking the loss against Baltimore.
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Called up for start
PAtlanta Braves  AAA
September 14, 2020
The Braves recalled Toussaint from their alternate training site ahead of his scheduled start Monday in Baltimore.
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Slated to start Monday
PAtlanta Braves  AAA
September 12, 2020
Toussaint will start Monday's game against the Orioles, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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Sent to alternate site
PAtlanta Braves  AAA
August 25, 2020
Toussaint was optioned to Atlanta's alternate training site Tuesday.
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Works out of bullpen Sunday
PAtlanta Braves  AAA
August 24, 2020
Toussaint came on in relief in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Phillies, giving up a run on two hits and two walks while striking out one over 1.1 innings.
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