Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona
By Jack Magruder  |  Last updated 6/5/14
PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks selected high school right-hander Touki Toussaint with their first pick, No. 16 overall, in the Major League Baseball draft on Thursday. Toussaint, 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, was 6-2 with an 0.82 ERA at Coral Springs (Fla.) Christian Academy. He struck out 86 in 45 innings and gave up just 17 hits. He has signed a national letter of intent to attend Vanderbilt, but the D-backs are comfortable with his signability. Toussaint, a native of Haiti, said he began playing baseball at the age of 11 or 12. Pitching was a stated priority heading into the draft. The D-backs also will pick at No. 54 in the second round, and at Nos. 69-70 in the competitive balance phase following the second round. Baseball America scouting report on Touki Toussaint Toussaint might have the least baseball experience of any top draft prospect, yet arguably the highest ceiling of any high school pitcher. He’s of Haitian descent and was a soccer player who began playing baseball as a teenager. He gained note in scouting circles as an underclassman by running his fastball up to 97 mph with a hammer breaking ball. While his control was below-average on the showcase circuit last summer, he showed all the raw material. Then he made significant strides as a pitcher this spring. Although he sat 90-93 mph at the National High School Invitational in frigid weather, Toussaint has had numerous starts where he sat 93-96 mph, touching 97 with plus life. He has elite arm speed and whip-like arm action with long arms. His curveball shows flashes of being a plus-plus offering and potentially the best in the class. His hammer, according to TrackMan, had the highest spin rate of any Perfect Game All-American. Toussaint’s changeup improved dramatically and has at least plus potential. Control will be his biggest question mark, as he has struggled to consistently fill up the strike zone. But his elite, quick-twitch athleticism could go toward allaying those concerns, as he is probably the best athlete in the pitching class. Toussaint also has a great pitcher’s body at 6-foot-2, 198 pounds with a high waist, long extremities and large hands. He is also young for the class and won’t turn 18 until after the draft.
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