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Osprey Excited to Have Top Pitching Prospects

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For the first time in Osprey history the birds have a first and a second round pick in their starting rotation. Touki Toussaint and Cody Reed just joined the team and they give Osprey fans another reason to head to the ballpark.

"Well it's very exciting and I'm hoping the Missoulians come out and take a look at these two kids because it is very rare, like you said, to have quality pitchers like this pitching in our rotation. They are both very talented and have tremendous upside and a good chance to make the big leagues down the road," said Osprey Vice President Matt Ellis.

Toussaint, the first round pick just signed for over two and a half million dollars, while reed signed for over one million. For two guys straight out of high school they say it's all kind of a dream.

"I still don't believe it, not every kid gets an opportunity like this so I'm just living in the moment," said Toussaint.

"It's unreal, you dream of it your whole life playing baseball and you finally get the opportunity and you take it and it's exciting," said Reed.

The path to becoming Osprey teammates was eerily similar for Toussaint and Reed. Both had committed to play baseball at Vanderbilt, both were then drafted by the Diamondbacks, then both decided to turn pro. Then less than a week apart both got the call to head to Missoula.

Me and Touki we played together a couple times in the past both committed to the same college and then we came here and got closer and we are like best friends now," said Reed.

If you couldn't tell by his accent Reed is from Alabama, Toussaint grew up in Florida and Haiti, both say they're first impressions of Missoula are positive.

"Coming here and seeing all these mountains is pretty cool, I'm used to flat and hot," said Toussaint.

"It reminds me of my hometown a little bit, a little country town, just kind of calm and quiet and everyone is pretty friendly," said Reed.

It's minor league baseball so you never know how long either of these talented pitchers will be on the Osprey roster so if you want to watch them in person head to the ballpark as soon as possible.

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