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Braves officially announce Touki Toussaint

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Touki Time has officially began

Touki Toussaint and Ricardo Sanchez Garrett Spain

The Braves have made it official and have appointed Touki Toussaint as the 26th man for today’s double header.

While his role has not officially been announced - he will likely take to the hill in game one of today’s double header. Touki has been tantalizing this season combining across two levels of play (AA & AAA) with a 2.68 ERA, 1.185 WHIP, 10.7 K/9, and 3.8 BB/9 rate.

Touki remains a shining representative of why you take risks on high ceiling players and allow them to develop over time. New to pitching, Touki was taken in the first round of the MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He jumped onto the scene as the #71 prospect in all of baseball with his calling card being his absolutely electric 12-6 curveball. After struggling a little, again he was super new to pitching, the Diamondbacks included him in to what was then, and still now, known as one of the most lopsided trades in recent Braves history which mainly involved a salary dump for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Braves remained patient with Touki and allowed him to develop his secondary pitches and have seen him morph into an elite pitcher. He joins what is becoming a long list of members of that 2016 Rome Braves team that won the championship - that team, at one point, had the following players on their roster: Ronald Acuna, Kolby Allard, Max Fried, Adam McCreery, A.J. Minter (5 games), Chad Sobotka, Mike Soroka, along with other players like Jacob Webb, and Corbin Clouse who will be fighting for bullpen spots next season.

For those who haven’t had the opportunity to watch him this year here is a quick scouting report for him: Touki pairs a fantastic mid-90s fastball that has tremendous arm-side run, and sink with a true double-plus curveball. He also has a more slurvy curveball that sits mid-70s that he will sometimes use versus RHB. Finally, and probably most exciting, is the development of his changeup into a true plus pitch as well. That’s right, he now pairs three plus pitches with rapidly improving command. Just like Kevin Gausman, expect Touki to work primarily out of the stretch as well.