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Michael Tonkin | Relief Pitcher | #59

Team: International Player
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/19/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'7" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 30 (0) / MIN
Contract: view contract details
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Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins have sold Michael Tonkin to the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in Japan.
Tonkin has agreed to a two-year, $2.1 million contract with the Fighters and will serve as their closer, per Berardino's sources. The 27-year-old right-hander wasn't going to be guaranteed a spot in the Minnesota bullpen for 2018 after posting a rough 5.14 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over 21 innings this season, so he did pretty well for himself here. Nov 7 - 7:52 PM

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Twins purchased the contract of RHP Michael Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester.

Tonkin was outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster back in May, but he's earned his way back after posting a sterling 1.73 ERA and 61/13 K/BB ratio over 41 2/3 innings. The 27-year-old figures to operate in middle relief.
Sep 5 - 2:07 PM

Twins sent RHP Michael Tonkin outright to Triple-A Rochester.

The 27-year-old hurler passed through waivers unclaimed and will continue to function as organizational bullpen depth for the Twins.
May 13 - 3:01 PM

Twins designated RHP Michael Tonkin for assignment.

A lifelong Twin, Tonkin has pitched to a brutal 6.55 ERA over nine outings this year. The 27-year-old reportedly took the news "hard" and said he knows he can still pitch in the major leagues. Tonkin could be outrighted to Triple-A Rochester if he's able to clear waivers.
May 6 - 6:21 PM

Michael Tonkin (shoulder) got two outs without allowing a run Sunday versus the Indians.

There was some talk of Tonkin being shut down for the remainder of the 2016 regular season with right shoulder fatigue, but he began feeling better last week. Sunday's appearance was his first since August 26.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 08:51:00 AM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Friday that Michael Tonkin (shoulder) is likely unavailable for the remainder of the weekend.

Tonkin is battling shoulder fatigue. The 26-year-old right-hander has appeared in 56 games this season, posting a 4.95 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 71/21 K/BB ratio across 63 2/3 innings. With nothing left to play for this season, it would be wise for the Twins to back off of Tonkin's workload the rest of the way.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 12:42:00 AM

Twins recalled RHP Michael Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester.

This will be Tonkin's fifth stint with the Twins this season. He has an ugly 6.17 ERA and 10/5 K/BB ratio over 11 2/3 innings and will pitch in middle relief.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 03:21:00 PM

Twins optioned RHP Michael Tonkin to Triple-A Rochester.

Tonkin got into one game during his stint with Minnesota, allowing one run in 2/3 of an inning Friday against Cleveland. He'll be back up when the rosters expand next month.
Sat, Aug 15, 2015 10:41:00 PM

Twins recalled RHP Michael Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester.

Tonkin holds a 5.73 ERA over 16 appearances with the big club this season, but he's been consistently excellent in the minors, posting a 1.29 ERA and 41/5 K/BB ratio over 35 frames at Rochester in 2015. He figures to be used in low-leverage situations initially but could eventually earn a shot to work later in games.
Fri, Aug 14, 2015 11:53:00 AM

Twins optioned RHP Michael Tonkin to Triple-A Rochester.

Tonkin has posted a 5.73 ERA and 1.64 WHIP in 16 relief appearances this season for the Twins. The 25-year-old right-hander will probably be up and down all summer.
Wed, Jun 24, 2015 04:02:00 PM

Twins recalled RHP Michael Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester.

Tonkin was optioned earlier this month after posting a 5.63 ERA and 1.50 WHIP with the club, but he's pitched well at Triple-A this year and will get another shot at sticking in the majors. Tim Stauffer was designated for assignment to make room for Tonkin.
Wed, Jun 10, 2015 11:47:00 PM

Twins optioned RHP Michael Tonkin to Triple-A Rochester.

Tonkin owns a rough 5.63 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 12 relief appearances this season at the major league level. The 25-year-old right-hander will probably be up and down all summer. He served as the 26th man for Wednesday's doubleheader against the Red Sox.
Thu, Jun 4, 2015 12:16:00 PM

Twins recalled RHP Michael Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester.

He'll be the 26th man for Wednesday's doubleheader against the Red Sox. Tonkin has put up a 5.14 ERA with seven strikeouts over seven relief innings with the big club this season.
Wed, Jun 3, 2015 11:49:00 AM

Twins optioned RHP Michael Tonkin to Triple-A Rochester.

Tonkin holds a 5.14 ERA with seven strikeouts over seven relief innings with the big club this season. He'll get another shot at some point.
Fri, May 29, 2015 03:51:00 PM

Twins recalled RHP Michael Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester.

Tonkin has five saves, a 2.45 ERA and a 10/2 K/BB ratio over 7 1/3 innings at Triple-A this year. He won't close in Minnesota -- Glen Perkins is doing that job well right now -- but Tonkin could pitch in some high-leverage situations in a largely pedestrian bullpen.
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 10:30:00 PM

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