03-06-2013, 11:55 AM #1
Reusse: Tale of Two Prospects (Arcia, Tonkin)
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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:
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.
03-06-2013, 11:59 AM #2
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?
03-06-2013, 12:04 PM #3
03-06-2013, 12:36 PM #4
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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03-06-2013, 12:42 PM #5
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.
03-06-2013, 12:45 PM #6
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