Michael Tonkin, Relief Pitcher
Date of Birth: 11/19/1989
Birthplace: Glendale, California
Michael Tonkin, relief pitcher, was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2008. He pitched in the Twins' minor league system from 2008 through 2013, joining the Twins for just nine games in 2013.
Tonkin split his time in 2014 between the minors and the Twins. In 19.0 innings in 25 games with the Twins, he had a 4.74 ERA. In 2015, he again split his time between the minors and the Twins, pitching 23.1 innings in 26 games with Minnesota. He finished with a 3.47 ERA.
Tonkin finished the 2016 season with a 5.02 ERA in 65 games with the Twins. He had 3 wins to 2 losses and 80 strikeouts to 24 walks in 71.2 innings.
Tonkin spent time in the minors in 2017, pitching just 21.0 innings in 16 games with the Twins. He finished the season with a 5.14 ERA. The Twins released him on November 8, 2017.
Career pitching statistics for Tonkin through 2017 include:
- 141 games played
- 146.1 innings pitched
- 3-3 win-loss record
- 149 strikeouts to 54 walks
- 4.43 ERA