The Arizona Diamondbacks went back to high school with their first round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft. The D’backs selected RHP pitcher Touki Toussaint, a senior from Coral Springs Christian Academy in Coral Gables, FL. It is the third pitcher taken in the first round by the team over the last four drafts. In 2011 they selected Trevor Bauer and in 2013 they grabbed Braden Shipley.
MLB.com rated Toussiant as the eighth-best prospect in this year’s draft. Here is their scouting report on him:
Toussaint usually operates at 91-93 mph with his fastball and has shown the ability to reach 97. His mid-70s curveball has so much downward break that his catchers have trouble holding onto it. He also shows the willingness to use a changeup, though he currently throws his too hard in the mid-80s. While he doesn’t repeat his delivery consistently at this point, his athleticism bodes well for his future.
He spent much of his first six years in Haiti and will not turn 18 until June 20th. Perhaps complicating things for the Snakes with regards to the ability to sign him, Toussiant has made a commitment to Vanderbilt. Hopefully, Tony LaRussa can work his powers of persuasion and get him to sign with the organization.