With the Fort Myers Miracle in 2008
|Sioux City Explorers|
July 2, 1986 |
|Bats: Left||Throws: Right|
|April 28, 2011 for the Minnesota Twins|
(through 2011 Season)
|Runs batted in||22|
|Competitor for Canada|
|Baseball World Cup|
|Bronze||2009 Nettuno||National team|
Rene Michael Tosoni (born July 2, 1986) is a professional baseball outfielder, who is currently with the Sioux City Explorers. He played in Major League Baseball with the Minnesota Twins in 2011 and has also played in International competitions with the Canada national baseball team. He is six feet tall and weighs 194 lbs. He bats left-handed, yet plays his position right-handed.
Tosoni played youth baseball for the Coquitlam Reds of the B.C. Premier Baseball League. Although he was selected by the Twins in the 34th-round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft, he did not sign and was subsequently reselected by the Twins in the 36th-round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft.
2008: Fort Myers Miracle
Although Tosoni had a brief stint with the Gulf Coast League Twins to begin the year, he spent the majority of the 2008 season assigned to the Twins' advanced A affiliate, the Fort Myers Miracle. With the Miracle, he batted .325 with one home run and 17 RBIs in the first half of the 2008 season—helping his team capture the Florida State League first-half West Division title. Along with teammates Robert Delaney, Brian Dinkelman, Jeff Manship, Wilson Ramos, Anthony Slama and Danny Valencia, Tosoni was selected to represent Fort Myers in the 2008 Florida State League All-Star game, however, a broken leg prevented him from attending. He was assigned to the Miracle's seven-day disabled list, and did not play from May 16 until August 26. For the season, his average fell to an even .300 upon his short return from the disabled list at the end of the season, however, his two run home run in the first inning was the deciding factor in the Miracle's 2-1 victory over the Dunedin Blue Jays in game one of the 2008 division playoffs.
2009: New Britain Rock Cats
To begin the 2009 season, Tosoni was assigned to the Twins' double A affiliate, the New Britain Rock Cats. He was elected to participate for the World Team at the All-Star Futures Game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, the host location of the MLB All-Star Game. He appeared as a pinch hitter during the seventh inning and hit a go-ahead double off of Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Brad Lincoln. His performance earned him the game's MVP honours.
2011: Minnesota Twins
Tosoni was called up by the Minnesota Twins on April 28, 2011. Tosoni had a single in his first Major League appearance off of Tampa Bay Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson. He recorded his first RBI in the same game while going 2 for 4 with two singles. On September 27, Tosoni hit his first grand slam in a 7-4 Victory over the Kansas City Royals.
He signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers prior to the 2013 season.
Tosoni signed a contract with the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball for the 2014 season.
- Canada.com: Chillin' with Coquitlam's boys of summer Retrieved on July 12, 2009
- "Miracle Win Game One 2-1; Can Clinch at Home Wednesday Night". Retrieved 2008-09-02.
- Coquitlam Now: Tosoni takes to the St. Louis spotlight Retrieved on July 27, 2009
- ESPN.com: World rallies in rain-shortened game Retrieved on 12 July 2009
- Coquitlam Now: Tosoni grabs MVP nod Retrieved on July 27, 2009
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)