Toussaint strong again for the Rome Braves

Pitching continues to be the story in the Braves minor league system.

Rome Braves right-hander Touki Toussaint had another impressive outing Monday night at State Mutual Stadium.

Toussaint held the Lakewood Blue Claws hitless through six innings of work. He did walk four batters, but Toussaint struck out eight. He lowered his earned run average to 3.20 in his five starts with the Rome team since the trade from Arizona.

Toussaint has now allowed 13 hits in 25.1 innings of work, with 16 walks and 23 strikeouts. There is no doubt he must improve his control, but the hits-to-innings pitched ratio is very, very good for a 19-year-old in his first full season in pro ball.

Overall this season, Toussaint has now allowed 44 hits in 64.1 innings, with 25 earned runs, 31 walks and 52 strikeouts. His ERA in 12 starts between Kane County and Rome is 3.50.

Also Monday the Braves got a great performance from first round pick Michael Soroka, who pitched four scoreless innings and allowed just one hit and struck out three. Soroka has now allowed just two hits and no runs in seven innings in his three GCL appearances, with no walks and six strikeouts.

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