Touki Toussaint
Touki Toussaint
23-Year-Old PitcherRP
Atlanta Braves
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Braves in August of 2018.
Could be rotation option
PAtlanta Braves
June 24, 2019
Toussaint could be a candidate to make a spot start Thursday against the Cubs, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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The Braves haven't tipped their hand regarding their plans for Foltynewicz's rotation spot, but O'Brien speculates that Gwinnett starter Bryse Wilson is the top candidate for the nod, since Wilson would be available to pitch Thursday on normal rest. Toussaint, meanwhile, has worked in relief for Atlanta since being promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett in mid-May, posting a 3.80 ERA and 1.41 WHIP across 14 appearances. Since five of those outings were of the multi-inning variety, Toussaint would be decently stretched out to start if the Braves prefer to replace Foltynewicz with a pitcher already on the 25-man roster.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-24%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-47%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-32%
BAA vs LHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .264 113 23 19 24 8 0 4
Since 2017vs Right .200 167 46 19 28 7 0 1
2019vs Left .367 60 12 8 18 6 0 4
2019vs Right .193 97 25 9 16 2 0 0
2018vs Left .143 53 11 11 6 2 0 0
2018vs Right .211 70 21 10 12 5 0 1
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-20%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-47%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-34%
ERA on Road
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.96 1.38 36.1 5 1 0 9.4 4.5 1.0
Since 2017Away 4.94 1.46 27.1 1 0 0 10.2 6.6 0.3
2019Home 3.32 1.37 19.0 3 0 0 9.5 3.3 1.4
2019Away 6.32 1.60 15.2 1 0 0 9.8 5.7 0.6
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
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Touki Toussaint compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 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 this season's data (min 20 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
2.18
 
K/9
9.6
 
BB/9
4.4
 
HR/9
1.0
 
Fastball
93.3 mph
 
ERA
4.67
 
WHIP
1.47
 
BABIP
.331
 
GB/FB
1.19
 
Left On Base
68.3%
 
Exit Velocity
87.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.3%
 
Spin Rate
2174 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
32.6%
 
Swinging Strike
13.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Effective again in long relief
PAtlanta Braves
May 27, 2019
Toussaint walked two and struck out two in two scoreless innings of relief during Sunday's extra-inning win over the Cardinals.
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Earns promotion
PAtlanta Braves
May 15, 2019
Toussaint was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday.
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Scratched from minor-league start
PAtlanta Braves
May 15, 2019
Toussaint was scratched from his start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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Sent back to Triple-A
PAtlanta Braves
May 4, 2019
Toussaint was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett Friday.
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Picks up win in relief
PAtlanta Braves
May 4, 2019
Toussaint (2-0) picked up the win Friday against the Marlins, allowing one run on four hits and three walks across four innings. He struck out six.
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