Michael Tonkin

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Michael Tonkin
Tonkin with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
Free agent
Born: (1989-11-19) November 19, 1989 (age 29)
Glendale, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: July 11, 2013, for the Minnesota Twins
NPB: April 1, 2018, for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Win–loss record3–3
Earned run average4.43
NPB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Win–loss record4-4
Earned run average3.71

Michael Harvey Tonkin (born November 19, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He previously has played for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).


Minnesota Twins[edit]

Tonkin attended Palmdale High School in Palmdale, California. The Minnesota Twins selected Tonkin in the 30th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.[1]

The Twins promoted Tonkin to the major leagues, and he made his major league debut on July 11, 2013.[1]

Tonkin was optioned to the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings on March 24, 2014, but recalled by the Twins on March 31 before the Rochester season began. He was optioned back to Rochester on April 3, and recalled on April 12. He was returned to Rochester again on May 9. In 2016, for the Twins he was 3-2 with a 5.02 ERA. On November 8, 2017, Tonkin was released by the Twins.

Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters[edit]

On November 9, 2017, Tonkin signed with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He became a free agent after the 2018 season.


Tonkin's brother-in-law is Jason Kubel.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Twins rookie reliever Michael Tonkin pitching with a purpose". Foxsportsnorth.com. 2013-07-11. Retrieved 2013-08-27.
  2. ^ Miller, Phil (2010-05-17). "Short hops: Strasburg, Harper, Tonkin, Morneau, etc". Startribune.com. Retrieved 2013-08-27.

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