Position | Pitcher
Bats/Throws | Right/Right
Born | November 19, 1989 (Palmdale, California)
School | Palmdale High School
Height | 6'7''
Weight | 215 lbs.
2009 Ranking | Not Ranked
In 2008, the Twins spent around $1.5 million to bring in four hurling teenagers, including Michael Tonkin. Taken in the 30th round of the 2008 draft, the Twins persuaded him from playing baseball at USC with a $230,000 signing bonus. The 6-foot-7-inch pitcher showed a lot of promise in high school hitting 90 mph with regularity. So far, he may be best known to fans as Jason Kubel's brother-in-law, but he's on the right path to making people remember him for his performance instead. In 2009, Tonkin went 3-4 with a 3.62 ERA in 54 2/3 innings in the Gulf Coast League. Those numbers aren't fantastic, but when you look past two rough starts in July, he actually had a great season. He hit his spots, kept the ball on the ground and struck out 60 batters. He allowed two home runs in 2009 and both came in consecutive innings of the same game. Look for Tonkin to continue to get better in 2010, where he should be apart of a very talented Elizabethton Twins rotation.
Level W L ERA IP K BB WHIP FIPR (GCL) 3 4 3.62 54.2 60 9 1.17 2.19
The most likely course of action would now be for Tonkin to stay in Extended Spring Training until June when the Rookie League teams begin playing. Tonkin will then pitch for the Elizabethton Twins this season.
- Fastball (90-92)
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