MLB Draft profile 2014: RHP Touki Toussaint

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It's never too late for a mock draft and, on the day of Round 1 of the 2014 MLB Draft the latest projection by John Manuel at Baseball America has a highly-rated high school arm that could fall to the Dodgers. Manuel projects right-handed pitcher Touki Toussaint to the Dodgers at No. 22 in the first round.

Toussaint is 6'2, 195-198 pounds from Coral Springs Christian Academy in Florida, and won't turn 18 until later in June.

"Control will be his biggest question mark, as he has struggled to consistently fill up the strike zone. But his elite, quick-twitch athleticism could go toward allaying those concerns, as he is probably the best athlete in the pitching class," said the Baseball America scouting report. "Toussaint also has a great pitcher’s body at 6-foot-2, 198 pounds with a high waist, long extremities and large hands."

Toussaint is committed to pitch for Vanderbilt, much like a left-hander the Dodgers picked out of high school in the 19th round 10 years ago. But David Price was intent on going to college and didn't sign.

"Toussaint is raw thrower with impressive arm strength," wrote Matt Garrioch at Minor League Ball. "With his athleticism and arm strength, he could potentially turn into an ace."

Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com said Toussaint was the third-best high school arm in the draft, behind only potential No. 1 pick Brady Aiken and Tyler Kolek.

Toussaint was rated the No. 8 prospect in the draft by MLB.com, No. 12 by Baseball America, No. 13 by Keith Law of ESPN, and has been appearing in mock drafts by those three sources anywhere from 9-13.

Manuel mentions the Blue Jays as a possibility to the Blue Jays at No. 11, but mention his "high price tag" as a reason Toronto might pass. There is a large difference in slot values between the No. 11 pick ($2,888,300) and the No. 22 pick ($1,980,500), so if the Dodgers for example might overpay for Toussaint they would have to make it up in other rounds to avoid significant penalties.

The Dodgers' total draft bonus pool is $4,947,700. The signing bonuses for their first 10 picks count against the pool, as do any bonus amounts over $100,000 after the 10th round. The Dodgers can go up to just under five percent over (an extra $247,385) while paying only a 75% tax on the overage, but if they pay five percent or more over the alloted amount the penalties start costing future draft picks (more on that here).

Back to Toussaint, here is video from Big League Futures:

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