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Diamondbacks sign first-round pick Touki Toussaint

Jun 21, 2014, 10:26 AM EDT

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The Diamondbacks announced last night that they have agreed to terms with first-round pick Touki Toussaint.

Toussaint, a 17-year-old right-hander, was selected No. 16 overall in this month’s First-Year Player Draft. No word yet on the exact terms involved, but Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic hears that it is expected to exceed the $2,338,200 slot value for the pick. Toussaint was previously committed to Vanderbilt University.

Here’s some analysis on the pick from our own Matthew Pouliot:

If Toussaint were a little bigger, he probably would have been right there with Brady Aiken and Tyler Kolek at the very top of the draft. As it was, his slight build probably worked against him, with teams wondering how he’ll hold up. He has an electric arm; he throws in the 90-95 mph range with the possibility of more velocity as he fills out and his curveball is outstanding.

  1. glennsyank13 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    What’s his scouting report on his ability to plunk hitters? That will dictate how fast he makes the majors with Gibson still there.

    • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      Oddly enough we get this

      “Even the toughest scout in the world would be hard-pressed to find a cynical bone in this talented Florida high school right-hander’s body, instead of anger or negativity, Toussaint is a veritable ray of sunshine, the kind of person who makes others around him feel good about themselves because of his positivity.

      “He has this engaging, addictive personality,” said Matt Cleveland, Toussaint’s head coach at Coral Springs Christian Academy. “People just want to be around him. Our program becoming what it has is a testament to him, because of the kind of kid he is. He has a huge smile. He’s a great teammate. He’s not cocky in the least bit. He doesn’t need any kind of attention.””

  2. fiddytucker - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    glennsyank13 | Jun 21, 2014, 7:44 AM MST

    What’s his scouting report on his ability to plunk hitters? That will dictate how fast he makes the majors with Gibson still there.

    Must not have watched the same game. Go back and see why it was about time.

  3. luz56 - Jun 21, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Can’t wait to see KT trade him after 3 years for a washed up gritty .200 hitter or an over the hill star or possibly a reliever that continues to get lit up like a Christmas tree

  4. mlbfan8898 - Jun 21, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    glennsyank13 is the type of fan who hears someone say something then regurgitates it as if he was the one to come up with it. At least that’s what it sounds like. The Diamondbacks weren’t the first team to hit an opposing player intentionally for retaliation, and they won’t be the last.

    • glennsyank13 - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      Come on, Gibson’s antics write their own jokes. We are all just here to regurgitate them.

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