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#1 twinsfanstreif

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 05:57 PM

Height/Weight: 6' 7", 220 lb.
Position: RHP
Born: November 19, 1989 in Palmdale, California, US (Age 22)
Drafted: 2008 30th round out of Palmdale HS
Stats: Baseball Reference, MiLB.Com This year: 5 G, 9.1 IP, 2-0, 0.96 ERA, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 10 K, 0.964 WHIP, .206 BAA
Rankings: Baseball America has him at #30

Summery: Known for being Jason Kubel's brother in law. In 2008 I said that there was 1 big sleeper in that draft and it was Michael Tonkin(I hung around the ESPN boards at the time). He was rated as a top 100 prospect by many news outlets but fell to the 30th round because of him being raw and many thought he was a hard sign away from USC(Here's his draft profile). We signed him for $230,000 and it's been worth every penny(I know, I'm really proud of myself for being right about a late round guy, it doesn't happen much). As a ground ball guy with a big fastball he could become a very good setup guy or a closer(best case).

Positives: He's a big framed guy with a good fastball(around 95 MPH from what I've heard), After his move to the bullpen his strikeout totals have been really good, his control seems pretty good with decently low walks, he doesn't really give up home runs.

Concerns: He's been hittable athough it doesn't affect his ERA, It looks as though he's figured some things out but guys as tall as Tonkin tend to have trouble with their mechanics

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:21 AM

Since my first post Michael has pitched in 2 games and 3 innings. The most recent was 2 innings of perfect ball with 1 K. This brought his ERA down to 0.73 on the season with 12 K in 12.1 Innings to only 2 BB. BAA is down to .182. With only 1 run given up all season in one bad inning I think it's time to look at Tonkin as a closer candidate. Corey Williams is the current closer and while a top prospect he has given up 5 runs in 9 innings. I'd give it to Tonkin although I'm bias.....

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 03:36 PM

Since my first post Michael has pitched in 2 games and 3 innings. The most recent was 2 innings of perfect ball with 1 K. This brought his ERA down to 0.73 on the season with 12 K in 12.1 Innings to only 2 BB. BAA is down to .182. With only 1 run given up all season in one bad inning I think it's time to look at Tonkin as a closer candidate. Corey Williams is the current closer and while a top prospect he has given up 5 runs in 9 innings. I'd give it to Tonkin although I'm bias.....

Tonkin and Achter should be the next 2 guys to get called up to Ft.Myers for relief duties
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 11:06 PM

Tonkin has allowed a run in each of his last 3 appearances. While not horrible we've come to expect scoreless innings out of him. He has kept a good strike out rate though. What has killed him is BAA, opposing hitters have been getting hits off of him more frequently recently, it's kinda been hit or strike out. Dispite all of that he still has a 2.12 ERA with 17 Ks in 17 innings.

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 06:18 PM

Michael has settled down into his old self, actually better. He hasn't allowed a hit in his last 2 appearances pitching 2 innings each with 7 Ks. He brought his ERA down to 1.65 and he now has 10.3 K/9. He should be in line for a promotion as a 22 year old in low A.

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 07:09 AM

Thanks for the continued updates. They are appreciated.

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 04:30 PM

Michael has been elected to the Midwest league All-Star game! Much of the same recently although he is racking up more strikeouts these days. His ERA is steady at 1.62 with 41 Ks in 33.1 innings, he also has 4 saves.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 10:52 PM

Is there any chance that Tonkin could be converted to starter?

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 06:10 AM

It's unlikely since he's primarily been used as a reliever his whole career. I haven't seen a whole lot of video on him since high school but he's added significant velocity which tells me he's started using a max effort delivery. It's possible but highly unlikely.

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 06:23 AM

Tonkin already tried starting, no need to mess w/Success. Hope he likes the 2nd half of the season in FM. That's a promotion that should happen soon.

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 09:29 AM

In his last four outings, Michael Tonkin has thrown 7 innings and give up 0 Runs and 0 Hits, walked 0 and struck out 15 batters.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 09:29 PM

If my count is correct, Tonkin has now struck out the last 10 batters he has faced. He now has 53 K's in 39 innings. Again I ask, what the hell is he doing in Beloit?! The 2008 draftee has played there the last couple years and had no business even starting the year in Beloit.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 09:52 PM

In his last five games.... 8 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 18 K. Now they've clinched a playoff berth. He'll likely pitch in the MWL All-Star game and my guess is the next day he'll move up to Ft. Myers.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 10:22 PM

As a high school draftee, Tonkin is up for Rule V draft this winter......will MN protect him right now?? Is it correct that he throws 95??? This is exactly why I get so upset about how slowly guys that perform are not promoted.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 09:42 PM

http://twinstrivia.c...of-the-week-16/

I'm with you guys, how does a 22 year old dominating at low A not get a promotion? This organization needs to show these kids that they have faith in them or else no one will want to play for us. I always wonder if we had a player like Bryce Harper or Trout would they be stuck in Fort Meyers or AA right now? Probably...

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 09:54 PM

He'll be promoted to Ft. Myers by Friday. Does it really make a huge difference if he was called up 2-3 weeks ago, or after he gets to help his team/teammates clinch a playoff berth and pitch in an All Star game? I'm in agreement, he should move up, but big picture, a month isn't a huge deal.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 10:01 PM

its not just Tonkin, its an overall organizational thinking

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 10:11 PM

I just have a hard time finding names of guys who got to the big leagues that immediately had sustained success and for sure they were held back too slowly.

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 12:00 AM

He has been OK in years past but this is the 1st year he has dominated as a pro. Given his age and years of pro ball, he should not have started the year in Beloit to begin with. That is my issue...

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 10:20 AM

It's Official! Tonkin has been promoted from Beloit to Ft. Myers.

#21 twinsfanstreif

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 11:35 AM

Congrats Michael, I hope for more of the same

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 08:30 AM

Kevin Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus went the MWL All-Star game, and had some interesting stuff on Tonkin
(http://www.baseballp...articleid=17433)

If I told you about a 30th-round pick from the 2008 draft who was spending his third year in the Midwest League, You wouldn't be too interested, but in Michael Tonkin's case, you should be. The Twins farmhand has taken a huge step forward in 2012, and in 22 games, he has a 1.38 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 39 innings against just nine walks. More importantly the six-foot-seven right-hander pounds the strike zone with a 95-96 mph fastball as well as a much improved low-80s slider. He was certainly the the surprise of the night.


So that's good news!

#23 twinsfanstreif

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 08:52 AM

Thanks for posting that, I'm really excited for Michael. He looks to be a really good one, I hope his success continues.

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 09:33 AM

I just have a hard time finding names of guys who got to the big leagues that immediately had sustained success and for sure they were held back too slowly.


Sorry, but doesnt have to be major league talent for a guy not to be promoted when they have deserved it. Mn does not have the attitude to promote a guy when they have earned it.....they promote when service time dictates it.

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 10:51 AM

I just have a hard time finding names of guys who got to the big leagues that immediately had sustained success and for sure they were held back too slowly.



Matt Hauser is an example....24 yr old guy who's been great in Ft Myers for 2 yrs but no promotion when a guy like Edgar Ibarra gets promoted after struggling thru the system.