Toussaint, Foltynewicz will start Braves’ first two spring training games

Dany Gilbert Kiti Toussaint was born June 20, 1996 in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Toussaint was drafted in the first round of the 2014 MLB draft by the Diamondbacks. Toussaint was the 16th player drafted. Sean Newcomb was the 15th pick, by the Angels. The Braves acquired Toussaint from the D-backs on June 20, 2015. The Braves acquired Toussaint when they agreed to take on pitcher Bronson Arroyo's salary. The Braves gave up Phil Gosselin. Toussaint played for the World team in the Futures game at the 2018 All-Sta

Touki Toussaint will take the ball for the Braves when they open Grapefruit League play Saturday against the Mets in Port St. Lucie. It’s the game-time launch of his campaign for the fifth starter job, for which he’s one of two favorites.

The 22-year-old shined in seven games last season, showing confidence and moxie on the mound while embracing starter-reliever dual duties. The Braves expect him to play a large role on this year’s club – in whatever capacity.

Kolby Allard will follow Toussaint for the third and fourth innings. The Braves plan to have their starting pitchers (and candidates) work two-inning increments.

Allard struggled in three games last season, unable to make up for lacking velocity. He’s no longer a top 100 prospect, but at 21, he’ll continue the maturation process. Allard allowed 11 runs in eight major-league innings.

Mike Foltynewicz will start Sunday against the Astros in West Palm Beach, with Bryse Wilson following. Foltynewicz is coming off a breakthrough year in which he earned an All-Star nod and finished with a 2.85 ERA and 202 strikeouts. New pitching coach Rick Kranitz is tasked with taking Foltynewicz up another notch.

Wilson, 21, appeared in three games last season. His lone start was a memorable one: He tossed five scoreless frames in Pittsburgh, outlasting Chris Archer and becoming the youngest starter in MLB history to win a 1-0 game.

Allard and Wilson are competing for the final spot in the rotation. It’s more likely both start the season in Triple-A, though each will almost assuredly get chances at the highest level.

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