ATLANTA -- As soon as Touki Toussaint was scratched from Friday night's start with Triple-A Gwinnett, Braves fans gained further reason to eagerly anticipate his Major League debut.The Braves have not announced their plan for Toussaint. But it appears Toussaint will be promoted from Gwinnett to make a start in
ATLANTA -- As soon as Touki Toussaint was scratched from Friday night's start with Triple-A Gwinnett, Braves fans gained further reason to eagerly anticipate his Major League debut.
The Braves have not announced their plan for Toussaint. But it appears Toussaint will be promoted from Gwinnett to make a start in Monday's doubleheader against the Marlins.
With Max Fried on the disabled list, Luiz Gohara dealing with a sore left shoulder and Kolby Allard showing he is not yet Major League ready, the Braves really don't have any other attractive options beyond Toussaint, who ranks as baseball's 76th-best prospect and the Braves' seventh-best prospect per MLB Pipeline.
Toussaint has posted a 2.10 ERA over the 12 starts he's combined to make for Double-A Mississippi and Gwinnett dating back to May 24. The 22-year-old right-hander has a 2.01 ERA, 32 strikeouts and 13 walks over the 31 1/3 innings he has totaled through his first five starts for Gwinnett.
With the Braves planning on using a five-man rotation, Toussaint would likely make just one start and then return to Gwinnett to extend his development. He has totaled 28 starts above the Class A Advanced level.
To get Toussaint from the D-backs during the 2015 season, the Braves exchanged Phil Gosselin and agreed to pay the remainder of the $10 million owed to Bronson Arroyo while understanding the veteran hurler would never throw a pitch for them after completing his recovery from Tommy John surgery.
Toussaint's stock dropped during his first two full years in the Braves' organization, and there were legitimate doubts about his future last year when he posted a 5.04 ERA over 19 starts for Class A Advanced Florida. But after starting this season slow, he has proven more consistent with what has the potential to be a plus curveball at the Major League level.
Anibal Sanchez hobbled around Nationals Park's visitor's clubhouse in painful fashion late Thursday afternoon and then boarded the Braves' charter flight wearing a walking boot. But after arriving at SunTrust Park on Friday, the veteran hurler had improved enough to lead the Braves to believe he will make Tuesday's scheduled start against the Marlins.
"He came in here today considerably better than when we got here [Thursday night]," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "So, right now, unless he shows up tomorrow and relapses, he's planning on making his next start."
Sanchez exited Thursday's start against the Nationals after being struck on the left calf with Michael A. Taylor's comebacker to end the second inning.
The Braves purchased right-hander Chad Sobotka's contract and recalled left-hander Chad Bell from Gwinnett before Friday's series opener against the Brewers. The two relievers filled the roster spots vacated when Wes Parsons and Adam McCreery were optioned to Gwinnett immediately after making their respective Major League debuts after Sanchez exited Thursday.
Sobotka has produced a 2.14 ERA while combining to make 25 appearances with Florida, Mississippi and Gwinnett this year. The 6-foot-7 hurler was taken in the fourth round of the 2014 MLB Draft. Bell posted a 7.31 ERA over the 31 appearances he combined to make for Detroit within the past two seasons.
Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.