6/21/2014 9:52 P.M. ET
Toussaint introduced to Chase Field, D-backs
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- While scouting another player in Miami a couple of years ago, D-backs area scout Frankie Thon and his supervisor, Greg Lonigro, noticed a sophomore shortstop on the other team by the name of Touki Toussaint.
"Not a great hitter," Thon recalled. "Good defender, good athlete and then he actually gets on the mound the last inning. Just him warming up, a couple of pitches into it, we kind of looked at each other like, wow. We said we're going to be back to see him in a couple of years. He's going to be special."
Two years later, the D-backs selected Toussaint with their first pick (16th overall) in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, and Saturday, they officially announced his signing.
Terms of the deal were not released, but he signed for above the $2,338,200 figure the pick was slotted at.
Toussaint weighed a scholarship offer from Vanderbilt University before deciding to turn pro.
"It was really tough," he said. "Very, very tough. I respect my mom and my grandma and they want me to go to school, but I'm going to get my education after I finish playing."
Toussaint got a tour of Chase Field and met D-backs players.
"It's beautiful," he said. "It's the best place I've been. I live in Miami; I've been in [Marlins Park]. It's nothing close to this."
When asked what uniform number he wanted, Toussaint chose No. 20 but was informed that it's retired in honor of Luis Gonzalez. His next choice was 23, but that belongs to manager Kirk Gibson, so instead he held up a No. 21 jersey at his press conference.
When he first started playing baseball, Toussaint said he modeled his game after Jackie Robinson, but once he switched to the mound, he had different idols.
"I try to pitch like Pedro Martinez and Jose Fernandez because they have that fire and I love it," he said. "You're supposed to have fun and they have fun and they know how to compete."
Toussaint, who turned 18 on Friday, will begin his pro career in the Rookie-level Arizona League.
"We'd like to get him comfortable, get him acclimated," D-backs scouting director Ray Montgomery said. "Just get him to understand how we do things, what the daily grind is and how to go about being on his own."
Reed quits smokeless tobacco after Gwynn's death
PHOENIX -- When Addison Reed received the news Monday that his former San Diego State baseball coach, Tony Gwynn, had passed away due to cancer, the D-backs reliever knew just what he had to do.
Reed arrived at Chase Field and gathered the seven cans of smokeless tobacco that he had in his locker and dumped them in the trash.
Then he took the two he had in his car and disposed of them as well.
"It's one of those things where I've done it for so long it's just become a habit, a really bad habit," Reed said of using smokeless tobacco. "It was something I always told myself I would quit, like next month, and the next thing you know it's been six or seven years."
Gwynn had said publicly that he believed his salivary gland cancer was caused by his heavy use of smokeless tobacco.
That was enough to make Reed, who tried smokeless tobacco for the first time as a junior in high school, change his ways.
"It started to get bad my first year in pro ball and it's one of those things where I've always done it," he said. "I'd come to the field and throw one in and have multiple ones. I'd have one on the ride home, one on the way to the field and it was one of those things where I always had one with me."
Now that is no longer the case.
"These five days have been kind of rough, but I think it's something that's doable," Reed said. "I don't have any cans in my locker, so as long as I don't go and buy any, I should be all right."
• D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said reliever Evan Marshall received a fine but was not suspended for hitting Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun with a pitch last week.
"It's good," Gibson said. "We didn't want to lose him, for sure."
• D-backs outfielder Mark Trumbo, who has been on the disabled list since April 22 with a stress fracture in his left foot, could start serving as the designated hitter in some Arizona League games as early as Monday.
• D-backs right-hander Daniel Hudson, who is attempting to return from two Tommy John surgeries, might see his first game action since last June's surgery in the Arizona League next week as well.
• Gibson said shortstop Chris Owings turned his ankle while covering second on a pickoff attempt last week, but that he was out of the lineup Saturday simply because the team wants to make sure Didi Gregorius does not sit on the bench for extended periods of time.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.