DANY GILBERT KITI TOUSSAINT… Attended Coral Springs Christian Academy…Was committed to Vanderbilt University prior to being drafted... Was given the name, Touki, at birth; a mix of his parents' last names (Toussaint and Kiti) last name...Played soccer growing up, liked watching Brazil play internationally, gave up soccer at 10 and started playing baseball... Favorite players growing up were LeBron James, Randy Moss, Ray Lewis and Deion Sanders...His favorite pitchers were Pedro Martinez and José Fernández.
Totaled 49 games (21 starts) across parts of four Major League seasons with Braves (2018-21), going 9-6 with a 5.46 ERA (145 IP/88 ER) and 155 SO... Originally selected by D-backs in first round (16th overall) in 2014 Draft...Was later traded by Arizona with RHP Bronson Arroyo to Atlanta on June 20, 2015 in exchange for INF Phil Gosselin... Braves tenure came to an end after July 2 DFA and subsequent trade to the LA Angels two days later...Was assigned to Triple-A Gwinett to start the year, was recalled on Apr. 21(did not appear) and spent next two months in AAA before 7/2 DFA... After the season posted a 3.55 ERA in six starts in Mexico in Oct./Nov. for Hermosillo (33.0IP, 24H, 13ER, 41SO).
Pitched in 11 total games and made a career most 10 starts, going 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA (25 ER/50.0 IP)...Made his season debut July 20 after missing the start of the season with a right shoulder strain...He was originally placed on the Injured List on March 22 and was reinstated from the 60-day on July 16...In his first two starts of the season, allowed two runs over 13.2 innings (1.32 ERA), allowing eight hits and two walks while striking out 15...Pitched 6.2 innings in his debut, and 7.0 innings in his second start...Completed 6.0 innings just once in his remaining nine games, pitching to a 5.70 ERA (23 ER/36.1 IP) and allowing 35 hits and 20 walks. ...Allowed opponents to bat just .234 on the season and walked a career-low 4.0 batters per 9.0 innings...Over 24.1 innings in 2020, allowed a .276 average against him and walked 5.9 batters per 9.0...Started on July 25 at Philadelphia and pitched a career-high 7.0 innings, scattering five hits and one run but suffered the loss...Struck out 10 for his first career double-digit strikeout performance....Became the third starter for Atlanta to record at least 10 strikeouts in an outing last season...Charlie Morton (11) and Huascar Ynoa (10) were the two other Braves starters to do so.
Made seven appearances and a career high-tying five starts during the season, going 0-2 with an 8.88 ERA (24 ER/24.1 IP) and 30 strikeouts...Made his first Opening Day roster after compiling a 2.08 ERA (2 ER/8.2 IP) in three games during the spring...Made three total stints with Atlanta… Was with the club from Opening Day until August 25, again for one day on September 14, and finally from September 28 through the end of the season...Pitched the remainder of the season at the club’s Alternate Training Site...Set career highs in innings (6.2) and strikeouts (9) during a start on August 6 versus the Blue Jays... Has allowed three earned runs or less in seven of his 10 career starts...In his first two starts of the season, allowed just three runs over 10.2 innings and fanned 14…Over his final three starts, went 0-2 and allowed 18 runs (14 earned) in 9.2 innings...With the bases empty, held opponents to a .200/.333/.436 line for a .770 OPS…With runners on base, opponents reached at a .372/.491/.698 clip for a 1.188 OPS...With runners in scoring position opponents logged 11 hits in 30 at-bats and drew six walks, batting .367/.472/.667...Was on Atlanta’s COVID-related injured list during Summer Camp workouts, missing from July 3 to July 23…Did not miss any time during the regular season.
Split the season between Atlanta and Triple-A Gwinnett, going 4-0 with a 5.62 ERA (26 ER/41.2 IP) in 24 games for the Braves, including one start... Made 10 starts for the Stripers and went 1-6 with a 7.49 ERA... Made four stints with Atlanta throughout the season, first from 4/13-20…Was also up for a game on 5/3, again from 5/15-7/18, and finally from 9/13 through the end of the season... Allowed seven earned runs over 1.1 innings in his only start of the season, 4/20 at CLE …In 23 relief appearances, was 4-0 with a 4.24 ERA (19 ER/40.1 IP) • Pitched to a 1.17 ERA (3 ER/23.0 IP) and allowed just 12 hits and a .156 average against over his first 10 relief outings through 6/4…Over his final 13 relief appearances from 6/9 through the end of the season, logged an 8.31 ERA (16 ER/17.1 IP) and allowed opponents to bat .342... Right handers batted just .202/.336/.250 against him, with 21 hits in 104 at-bats…Lefties hit .390/.493/.712 in 59 at-bats... Came out of the bullpen on 4/13 vs. New YorkNL and pitched 6.0 innings, allowing just one unearned run and striking out seven…The outing tied the longest effort by a Braves reliever in over 30 years... RH Cristhian Martínez went 6.0 scoreless innings on 7/26/11 in a 19-inning game vs. PIT, entering that contest in the 11th inning... The last Braves reliever to go as long in a nine-inning game was Rick Mahler on 9/4/87 vs. MON...Mahler went 6.1 scoreless innings, entering in the third inning and finishing the 7-4 victory.
Made his major league debut and went 2-1 with a 4.03 ERA (13 ER/29.0 IP) in seven games, five starts, for Atlanta ... Atlanta selected his contract, optioned him to Triple-A Gwinnett and then appointed him as the 26th man for a doubleheader on 8/13, and he made his debut that afternoon vs. Miami ... Tossed 6.0 two-hit innings in his debut, allowing one run and two walks while fanning four… Became just the third Braves pitcher over the last 110 seasons to go at least 6.0 innings and allow no more than two hits in his debut, joining James Parr (9/4/08 vs. WSH) and Armando Reynoso (8/11/91 vs. HOU) ... Won his major league debut, and was one of four Braves pitchers to do so in 2018… Toussaint, Kolby Allard, Mike Soroka and Bryse Wilson all started and won their debuts last season, and the Braves are just the second team in the last 110 seasons to have four different starters win their MLB debut in the same season...The 2009 Baltimore Orioles had five such pitchers ... Carried a no-hitter for 4.1 innings against Boston on 9/3, but took the first loss of his MLB career ... Made five total starts for Atlanta, and went 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA (10 ER/27.0 IP)…Allowed three runs in 2.0 innings (13.50 ERA) in two relief appearances ... Was named by the organization as Atlanta's Minor League Pitcher of the Year, and also earned Pitcher of the Year honors for Double-A Mississippi ... Made 24 starts at the minor league level, splitting his season between Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett...Combined to go 9-6 with a 2.38 ERA (36 ER/136.1 IP) and 163 strikeouts ... Opened the season in Mississippi and made 16 starts with the M-Braves (4-6, 2.93)...Transferred to Gwinnett on 7/4 and went 5-0 with a 1.43 ERA in eight starts for the Stripers ... At the time of his recall, his 163 strikeouts were most among Atlanta farmhands and tied for eighth most in the minor leagues ... Earned two Pitcher of the Month awards, first in June at Mississippi (2-1, 1.17 ERA in five starts) and again in August with Gwinnett (3-0, 1.08 ERA in four starts) ... Named a Southern League Mid-Season All-Star ... Named International League Pitcher of the Week on 8/26 ... Ranked in the Top 10 among Atlanta starting farmhands (min. 15 starts) in strikeouts (1st, 163), ERA (2nd, 2.38), wins (T2nd, 9), hits per 9.0 innings (3rd, 6.7) and innings pitched (4th, 136.1) ... Entered the season ranked by MLB.com as Atlanta's No. 11 prospect, and by Baseball America as No. 14 ... Made his first postseason roster and pitched in two games of the NLDS vs. LAD…Tossed 3.0 scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts.
Split the season between High-A Florida and Double-A Mississippi, combining to go 6-13 with a 4.53 ERA (73 ER/145.0 IP) over 26 starts ... Named Florida's Pitcher of the Year by the organization after fanning 10.5 batters per 9.0 innings over 19 starts with the club ... Led all Atlanta farmhands and ranked tied for 13th in the minors with 167 strikeouts ... The 167 strikeouts were the most by a Braves prospect since Chuck James fanned 193 batters in 2005 ... Named Southern League Pitcher of the Week for 8/14-20 after throwing 7.0 scoreless innings with nine strikeouts on 8/19 vs. Pensacola ... Following the season, pitched with Peoria of the Arizona Fall League...Named an AFL Rising Star ... Entered the 2017 season ranked by MLB.com as Atlanta's No. 10 prospect, and by Baseball America as No. 12.
Spent the season with Single-A Rome and ended in the Top 10 among Atlanta farmhands (min. 75.0 IP) in strikeouts (6th, 128), innings (9th, 132.1) and ERA (10th, 3.88) ... Made one start in the postseason (9/13 vs. Lakewood), tossing a career high-tying 8.0 innings and allowing one run as Rome won the South Atlantic League Championship.
Acquired by the Braves in a mid-season trade with Arizona and combined to post a 5-7 record and a 4.83 ERA (47 ER/87.2 IP) in 17 starts on the season between Rome and Single-A Kane County in the Diamondbacks system ... Entered 2015 labeled by Baseball America as Arizona's fifth-best prospect, and the 71st best in baseball.