- [SIZE=2]Position: RP[/SIZE]
- [SIZE=2]Throws: R[/SIZE]
- [SIZE=2]DOB: 11/19/1989[/SIZE]
- [SIZE=2]Acquired: 2008 draft; 30th round – out of Palmdale HS in Palmdale, CA[/SIZE]
- [SIZE=2]Height/Weight: 6’7”, 220 lb.[/SIZE]
- [SIZE=2]Brother-in-law: Jason Kubel[/SIZE]
- [SIZE=2]Twitter handle: @mtonkin37[/SIZE]
- [SIZE=2]Baseball Reference: Michael Tonkin Minor League Statistics & History - Baseball-Reference.com[/SIZE]
- [SIZE=2]Baseball America Twins Prospect Ranking: 28 (after 2012 season)[/SIZE]
- [SIZE=2]Aaron Gleeman rank: 21 Top 40 Twins Prospects of 2013: 25, 24, 23, 22, 21 » AaronGleeman.com » Aaron Gleeman's Baseball and Minnesota Twins Blog[/SIZE]
Michael is a right hander that sits in the low-to-mid 90s with a hard slider. He didn’t exactly skyrocket through the system, debuting as an 18 year old in 2008 and still finding himself in Beloit as recently as last summer. However, after a great half season at Beloit in 2012 (Midwest League All Star selection, 22 games, 6 saves, 1.38 ERA, 12.2K/9, and almost 6 K/BB) he got the promotion to Fort Myers where his numbers were again impressive (22 games, 6 saves, 2.97 ERA, 13.1K/9, and 4 K/BB).
Tonkin played well in the Arizona Fall League last year before getting roughed up in the Fall League's Rising Stars game: Arizona Fall League: Winners and Losers From the Rising Stars Game « Three Up, Three Down
2013 – After a good spring, Michael started the year in new Britain where he is off to a bit of a rough start in 2013 having given up 5 ER in 6.2 IP while striking out 5 and walking 4. Hopefully he adjusts to the new level and keeps progressing through the ranks.
Article from when he was optioned down to minor league camp in spring training, including quotes from Gardy: Minnesota Twins: Young pitchers Michael Tonkin, Trevor May sent down - TwinCities.com
USC profile from when he was a Trojan commit: USC Signs 10 Players For 2009 Season - University of Southern California Official Athletic Site