Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Touki Toussaint has a filthy repertoire. The now 25-year-old made his debut with the Braves back in 2018 and has appeared in each of the last four seasons for stints at a time. At his best, Toussaint has looked like a guy who could complement Max Fried at the top of the rotation, but as is the case with so many ultra talented young prospects, consistency with control has plagued him.
It’s the reason why Toussaint is not a part of the rotation to begin the season. He’s in Gwinnett, but if he keeps tossing the ball like he has in his first two times out, it won’t be long before he receives another chance in the majors — whether it be as a starter or in relief. Bryce Elder wasn’t the only young arm showing off his stuff last night. Toussaint was striking out seemingly ever batter that stepped up to the plate, finishing with eight strikeouts in just four innings. He only allowed one earned run as well, bringing his ERA to 2.08 on the year through 8.2 innings.
At this point, I’m not sure where in line Toussaint is. The Braves could be anxious to give him another opportunity sooner rather than later because it’s getting to the point where he needs to sink or swim. However, there are a lot of other less experienced prospect arms that are very deserving of chances. Either way, Toussaint is yet another live arm that the Braves have in their back pocket when the opportunity arises, which will inevitably happen at some point over the course of the season.
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