Touki Toussaint
Touki Toussaint
22-Year-Old PitcherSP
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
$Signed with the Diamondbacks in June of 2014.
Optioned to Triple-A
PAtlanta Braves  AAA
March 24, 2019
Toussaint was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
This comes as a bit of a surprise, as the right-hander appeared to have the inside track at a rotation spot following injuries to Mike Foltynewicz (elbow) and Mike Soroka (shoulder). Toussaint posted an unsightly 8.62 ERA through six spring appearances (15.2 innings), but his 20:3 K:BB over that stretch is a better reflection of how he pitched. The young right-hander figures to join the big-league rotation at some point in 2019, though he'll head to the minors to work some kinks for the time being.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-32%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-32%
BAA vs LHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .143 53 11 11 6 2 0 0
Since 2016vs Right .211 70 21 10 12 5 0 1
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
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-34%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-34%
ERA on Road
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 4.67 1.38 17.1 2 1 0 9.3 5.7 0.5
Since 2016Away 3.09 1.29 11.2 0 0 0 10.8 7.7 0.0
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
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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.
K/BB
1.52
 
K/9
9.9
 
BB/9
6.5
 
HR/9
0.3
 
Fastball
93.2 mph
 
ERA
4.03
 
WHIP
1.34
 
BABIP
.255
 
GB/FB
2.62
 
Strand %
68.4%
 
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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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Fans five against Tigers
PAtlanta Braves  AAA
March 18, 2019
Toussaint gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits over four innings while striking out five in Sunday's split-squad game against the Tigers.
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Fans four in outstanding start
PAtlanta Braves  AAA
March 7, 2019
Toussaint tossed three scoreless, no-hit innings in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers, walking one and striking out four.
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Burned by Tigers
PAtlanta Braves  AAA
March 1, 2019
Toussaint gave up five runs on four hits and a walk in only one inning during Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers. He struck out two.
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Slated to start spring opener
PAtlanta Braves  AAA
February 20, 2019
Toussaint will start the Braves' first spring training game against the Mets on Saturday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Walks five in no-decision
PAtlanta Braves  AAA
September 25, 2018
Toussaint allowed two runs on three hits and five walks across five innings Tuesday in a no-decision against the Mets. He struck out six.
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