Posted 23 April 2012 - 05:57 PM
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
Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:21 AM
Posted 28 April 2012 - 03:36 PM
Tonkin and Achter should be the next 2 guys to get called up to Ft.Myers for relief duties
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 17 June 2012 - 09:42 PM
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...
Posted 17 June 2012 - 09:54 PM