2014 MLB Draft: No.16 – Arizona Diamondbacks – Touki Toussant
The Arizona Diamondbacks have arguably the steal of this year’s draft and landed themselves a stud in the process. There’s no other way of putting it. Touki Toussant, who grew up in Haiti until the age of six, may hold the key to the Diamondbacks’ future on the mound. The Arizona front office has now selected a pitcher in the first round three of the last four years, so the direction is pretty clear.
After displaying an above average fastball that has topped out at 97 mph this summer, scouts were drooling over Toussant’s athletic ability, with one scout jokingly suggesting the 6’2 195 pound right-hander “could even man the outfield in between innings”. Toussant is considered by many scouts to have the “loosest” arm of the 2014 draft and, while he is still learning to control his electric fastball and tight curveball, looks to have at least two well above average pitches once he reaches the major leagues. He can be a front of the rotation starter for many years to come, should he continue to develop at the pace he has until now.
The Vanderbilt commit is likely to seek in excess of the recommended $2,338,200 guideline signing bonus in order to walk away from college, as he was predicted to be a top ten pick prior to the draft. Toussant would benefit from following in the footsteps of David Price and pitching for the Commodores, in order to improve the polish on his current arsenal of pitches. If the Diamondbacks can indeed lure Toussant away from pitching at the college level, they can expect to have the Haitian ready to impact the major league club at some point in the 2018 season. Turning eighteen on June 20th, Toussant may have the rawest ability in this year’s draft class, yet the highest-ceiling of anyone.