Quick Look: Toussaint and Reid-Foley

Touki Toussaint

Fastball: The 22-year-old righty threw a 91-96 mph with a decent amount of release side run. Generally, he can control the pitch but its movement can cause it to dart in-and-out of the strike zone. This movement may help him generate weak contact.

Toussaint had issues keeping the pitch’s velocity up as it averages 95 mph in the 1st inning and 93 mph in the 6th.

While he could still dominate Miami in the later innings, MLB teams might eventually get to him.

Change/Split-Change (label as a slider): It sat at 83-88 mph and straight. It doesn’t have much movement but it must look like his fastball as it completely fooled some hitters.

I’m not a fan of non-fastball which don’t break but this change may be effective.

PitcherList posted this splitter from Touki, too:

Curveball: 73-78 mph. 1-7 break on the good ones. Some broke almost up and down. A couple didn’t spin and could have been crushed. He can throw it for strikes or use it as a chase pitch.

Overall: I could see Ace upside with a moving 95-mph fastball, deceptive change, and a plus curveball. Or he could be throwing a 92 fastball, a change and curveball which get crushed as they get too much of the plate. For now, the answer is somewhere in-between. Right now, he’s a must own in all leagues as his role and talent become clear. I want to see more before completely buying in or selling.

Sean Reid-Foley

Note, the camera angle is a little offset so horizontal movements may be off.

Fastball: The 22-year-old righty threw his fastball at 92-95 mph with release side run. It’s an acceptable major league fastball.

Slider: It came in at 80-85 mph glove side and downward break. It was inconsistent and almost straight at times.

Changeup: Used sparingly, but sat 82 mph with release side run.

Curveball: At 81-82 mph it had a small amount of 12-6 movement. A nice groundball pitch.

Overall: I’m not fully buying in for several reasons. He tried to get a little too fancy with his control and extended out at-bats. He allowed three or four batted balls which would have been home runs in most other parks. All of his non-breaking pitches came in at the same speed and none of them broke much making him a borderline 2-pitch pitcher. I just don’t see the upside like Toussaint shows with both having similar downsides. For now, I’d consider him to be a streaming option when he’s facing weaker opponents.

Jeff, one of the authors of the fantasy baseball guide,The Process, writes for RotoGraphs, The Hardball Times, Rotowire, Baseball America, and BaseballHQ. He has been nominated for two SABR Analytics Research Award for Contemporary Analysis and won it in 2013 in tandem with Bill Petti. He has won four FSWA Awards including on for his Mining the News series. He's won Tout Wars three times, LABR once, and got his first NFBC Main Event win in 2021. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.

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3 years ago

thanks jeff—any thoughts on SRF’s dynasty value?

3 years ago
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