PHOENIX – TheArizona Diamondbacks have agreed to terms with first-round draft pickand right-handed pitcher Touki Toussaint, according to D-backs'Director, Scouting Ray Montgomery.
The 17-year old outof Coral Springs (Fla.) Christian Academy was the 16th overallselection in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He went 8-2 with a 1.22 ERA in 63.1 innings pitched whilestriking out 104 batters for the Crusaders. The Vanderbilt commit led CoralSprings to the Florida State Final Four en route to being named the MiamiHerald 2014 5A-2A Pitcher of the Year. In Toussaint's junior campaign, hegarnered invitations to the Perfect Game (PETCO Park) and Under Amour (WrigleyField) All-American games, and as a sophomore, struck out 18 batters over 6.0innings pitched in the PG World Wood Bat Championships. Toussaint earned a goldmedal with the USA Baseball 16U National Team in 2011.
Toussaint, 6-for-2, 198 pounds, was rated by Baseball America asthe nation's third-best high school pitcher and MLB.com as the No. 8 Prospectoverall in the draft. Toussaint was the 20th first-round selection for theD-backs and 11th taken from the high school ranks. The D-backs had twofirst-round selections in 2003, 2009 and 2011.
The D-backs have signed 27 of 42 picks from the 2014 First-YearPlayer Draft: