Arizona Diamondbacks RHP prospect Touki Toussaint has hired Rick Thurman and Nate Heisler from Beverly Hills Sports Council to be his agents according to a report by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
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Toussaint was the Diamondbacks first round pick (#16 overall) in the 2014 First Year Player Draft out of Coral Springs Christian Academy in Coral Springs, California. The Diamondbacks believe that once he develops, the 16 year old can be a top of the rotation starter in the future.
This is what former Diamondbacks G.M. Kevin Towers told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com about Toussaint:
"“Ball comes out of his hand real easy, he’s got a power breaking ball, fastball in the mid 90s, good athlete, fields his position well,” Towers said. “He’s a guy that we think once our development people wrap their arms around him, a kid that we think has a chance to be a top-of-the-rotation-type starter here in the very near future.”"
The Diamondbacks pushed him last year during his first professional season. He pitched for Missoula in the Pioneer League, and while his numbers look bad, you have to remember how young he is, and where he is in his development. He actually did really well. This season he will probably stay with the rookie level teams.
This is what Bleacher Report said about Toussaint who has a projected ETA of 2016:
"“Toussaint possesses one of the highest ceilings in the class among his pitching peers, as there’s obviously a lot to like in his two present plus pitches and chance for a third down the road. The athleticism and arm strength will make him too intriguing to pass over come a certain point in the first round, and, surprisingly, he’s also a rarity in the sense that he’s Vanderbilt commit who seems more likely to sign as a first-rounder than pursue a college career.”"
He is projected by most scouts to be a no.2 starter in the big leagues, though the Diamondbacks believe he can be a no.1 guy. His command and control need a lot of work but he has plenty of time to perfect his mechanics and his delivery. Here is some video of him: