Wednesday, March 23, 2022
The Braves continue to trim down its roster for the upcoming regular season, and on Wednesday the team optioned prospect outfielder Drew Waters (no. 2 on my Top 35) and 25-year-old righty Touki Toussaint to Triple-A Gwinnett, where they’ll begin their 2022 season.
The moves aren’t very surprising. Despite Waters now being the leading prospect position-player in the Braves system (and likely to debut in 2022), at this time there’s not enough room for him to remain on the 40-man. And for Touki, well he’ll need to prove himself before Atlanta gives him another shot in the majors, as the team currently has plenty of options.
Waters ended spring camp with some solid numbers, going 2 for 4 (.500 AVG) with a home run, an RBI and a stolen base. He dealt with some hamstring tightness, so since those initial pair of games, Waters had been out of the lineup. Toussaint recently made his first (and only) spring start, allowing a run from four hits in two innings of work. Touki struck out two and walked one in that outing.
We’ll definitely be watching Waters and Touki in Gwinnett this year, and I believe both will find themselves in the majors at some point in 2022.