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

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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