CARY, N.C. -- USA Baseball's third annual National High School Invitational event, a sixteen-team tournament held over four days at the end of every March, looks to be the most talent-packed yet, with, conservatively, eight prospects likely to go in the top two rounds of this year's draft. (That excludes two players, Dylan Cease and David Peterson, who are unavailable this week due to injuries.)
Thursday, the first day of the event, saw every team in action, with two of the top pitchers here throwing in separate games. I'll have more reports on the bats later in the week once they've had a few more plate appearances under their belts, but here's a breakdown of the arms.
• Coral Springs (Fla.) Christian Academy right-hander Touki Toussaint has been on the radar since at least his sophomore year, showing velocity and a loose arm but lacking fastball command or consistency with his secondary stuff. On Wednesday, he was better in both departments, not perfect but much improved over previous looks.