The Braves minor league system has proved to be an embarrassment of riches. Today, Touki Toussaint made his big league debut and threw six innings of one run baseball. He was efficient and confident and could have pitched another inning.
The acquisition of Toussaint is perhaps my favorite of the rebuild era. He was a first round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and they sent him to the Braves for the ghost of Bronson Arroyo and Phil Gosselin. (Dave Stewart was a great pitcher, but a lousy GM.) Yes, the D-Backs dumped Touki just so the Braves would pay the last 10 million of Arroyo’s contract.
He’s also my favorite type of prospect anyway: high ceiling, low floor. I like the risky guys. His curve ball has always been a thing of beauty, but there were times in the minors where it didn’t look like he was going to put his command and control together. Last year, his stat line was unimpressive, but the underlying skill stats suggested that he was starting to figure things out. Then, this year, he took a gigantic leap forward. He has looked ready for awhile now. It was a thrill to get to see him do so well in his first start.