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Reusse: Tale of Two Prospects (Arcia, Tonkin)

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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 11:55 AM

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Patrick Reusse wrote about the frustration or disappointment of the Twins that they have not been able to see Oswaldo Arcia in spring training games so far due to his injury. It is likely he will be among the first cuts from the team early next week.

The other prospect he talked about was Michael Tonkin, the hard-throwing righty who split 2012 between Beloit and Ft. Myers. Regarding Tonkin, Reusse wrote:

[FONT=Verdana]Yet, there's another tall fellow - 6-foot-7 Michael Tonkin - who could be setting himself up for being a piece of the Twins' bullpen during the first half of the schedule.[/FONT]


I'd be shocked if he was up with the Twins in the first half... maybe a September promotion? Maybe?

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 11:59 AM

Seth, the quote about him "not being in the best shape" is something I've missed on. Any elaboration on your end/things you've heard?

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 12:04 PM

Seth, the quote about him "not being in the best shape" is something I've missed on. Any elaboration on your end/things you've heard?


I haven't heard that, but I've seen pictures and certainly doesn't seem to be out of shape by any means. he's a stocky, bulky guy though. He's not a slim, trim type.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 12:36 PM

Arcia is build like Kubel so it is hard to tell what kind of shape he is in.

Photo of Arcia in ST 2013
Photo of Arcia in ST 2012.

(photos not mine, thus the link). Not that different.

I cannot see Tonkin start the season in the Twin Cities, right after half a season with the Miracle. He needs some AA ball. Best case scenario for him would be to follow the Mijares path, start in New Britain and come up later in the season. Burnett made surprisingly after ST in 2010 when 22, but he had a half season of AA under him...
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Posted 06 March 2013 - 12:42 PM

That comment about Arcia being out of shape bothered me, too. With all I think this kid could be I certainly hope he doesn't start taking things for granted.
Tonkin has excellent SO/9 numbers, and he was 22 y/o in A+ ball. Of the 31 pitchers who appeared for the Fort Myers Miracles only one pitcher was listed as being 21 years old and none were younger. This could be a good sign.
FanGraphs didn't mention him in their Twins Top 15.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 12:45 PM

Arcia is build like Kubel so it is hard to tell what kind of shape he is in.


Thank you Thry - that comment really threw me.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 01:03 PM

Seth, the quote about him "not being in the best shape" is something I've missed on. Any elaboration on your end/things you've heard?


His future weight projections have been mentioned as a possible downfall in many of the various write-ups done about Arcia. Surely it's something to keep an eye on, but perhaps the Twins are being proactive about the matter and making him understand the offseason can affect his body type more adversly than others.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 01:24 PM

I really like Tonkin. He throws hard and has size.