D-backs, top Draft pick Toussaint agree to deal

D-backs, top Draft pick Toussaint agree to deal

PHOENIX -- The D-backs on Friday announced they had reached agreement on a deal with right-hander Touki Toussaint, their No. 1 pick from the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

D-backs general manager Kevin Towers said Toussaint will likely start his pro career in the Rookie-level Arizona League.

Toussaint, who was ranked as the No. 8 overall prospect before the Draft by MLB.com, had committed to play at Vanderbilt University, and the D-backs expected him to be selected prior to their pick at No. 16.

When Toussaint fell to them, they were thrilled.

Toussaint's fastball sits at 91-93 mph, and he has shown the ability to touch 97. His curveball also has the potential to be a plus pitch, with a changeup being his third-best pitch.

Toussaint was born in the United States, but moved to Haiti when he was a few months old and spent the first six years of his life there before moving to Florida. His father was a candidate for president in Haiti.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.