Michael Tonkin
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 6' 7" 220LBS | Age: 34
Draft: 2008 | Rd: 30, #906, Minnesota Twins | Palmdale HS
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2017 0 1 5.14 16 0 0 21 24 1.62
2023 7 3 4.28 45 0 1 80 75 1.09
2024 2 3 2.38 24 0 1 34 34 1.15
7 Seasons 12 9 4.11 210 0 2 260.1 258 1.29
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2017 16 0-1 5.14 21 24 1.62
2023 45 7-3 4.28 80 75 1.09
2024 24 2-3 2.38 34 34 1.15
7 Seasons 210 12-9 4.11 260.1 258 1.29
MLB Percentile Rankings
Pitch Distribution

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted
Balls
Barrels Barrel % Barrel/PA Exit
Velocity
Max EV Launch
Angle
LA Sweet-
Spot %
XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2015 25 362 70 4 5.7 4.0 90.7 108.9 7.6 25.7 .246 .379 .300 .305 .345 41.4 19.2 9.1 3.47 3.85
2016 26 1287 208 20 9.6 6.3 90.6 117.8 16.4 38.0 .261 .465 .356 .341 .428 42.8 25.4 7.6 5.02 5.00
2017 27 397 60 6 10.0 6.2 88.2 111.0 16.0 33.3 .229 .441 .379 .341 .401 35.0 24.7 12.4 5.14 5.10
2023 33 1283 225 18 8.0 5.5 89.8 113.9 19.1 32.0 .240 .403 .283 .305 .365 40.0 23.1 7.1 4.28 3.90
2024 34 609 94 3 3.2 2.0 87.9 109.4 11.5 24.5 .214 .322 .256 .287 .308 38.3 23.1 10.2 2.38 3.22
Player 3938 657 51 7.8 5.2 89.7 117.8 15.6 32.3 .243 .413 .313 .317 .378 40.3 23.6 8.4
MLB 6.9 4.8 88.5 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .316 .369 36.4 22.1 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Tonkin relies on 4 pitches.
Four Seamer
(44.3%) ,
Slider
(39.4%) ,
Sinker
(9.9%) ,
Sweeper
(6.4%) ,


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Pitch Tracking



Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel % Barrel/PA
2015 57.1 15.7 20.0 7.1 32.9 47.1 20.0 5.7 37.1 20.0 24.3 5.7 5.7 4.0
2016 36.5 27.9 28.8 6.7 35.1 36.5 28.4 2.4 25.5 23.1 29.8 7.7 9.6 6.3
2017 36.7 31.7 21.7 10.0 41.7 28.3 28.3 5.0 28.3 30.0 25.0 0.0 10.0 6.2
2023 38.7 27.1 23.1 11.1 41.3 30.2 28.4 5.3 27.6 31.1 22.2 5.8 8.0 5.5
2024 46.8 26.6 19.1 7.4 48.9 30.9 20.2 5.3 34.0 25.5 23.4 8.5 3.2 2.0
Player 40.9 26.5 23.9 8.7 39.6 33.9 26.3 4.4 28.9 26.5 25.3 6.2 7.8 5.2
MLB 44.6 23.6 24.8 7.0 37.1 37.5 25.3 3.9 32.8 24.7 24.4 5.8 6.9 4.8
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Pitch Movement


How this works: Every pitch is affected by the forces of gravity, which means that every pitch drops on its way from the mound to the plate. These numbers are reported with gravity, which makes them larger and different than other pitch movement numbers you may have seen. Since gravity requires time, and slower pitches aren’t ‘better’ just because they have more time to move, the movement of a pitch is compared to ‘average’ movement by comparing it to other MLB pitch types within +/- 2 MPH and from within +/- 0.5 feet of extension and release.
Vertical Movement (inches) Horizontal Movement (inches)
Year Pitch Team Hand # MPH Inches of Drop vs Avg % vs Avg Inches of Break vs Avg % Break vs Avg
2024 Slider NYY R 232 83.3 42.3 3.8 10 2.7 -5.0 -65
2024 Sinker NYY R 59 92.1 29.5 4.1 16 18.3 2.7 17
2024 4-Seam Fastball NYY R 265 93.0 20.1 -3.2 -19 13.8 4.4 47
2024 Sweeper NYY R 37 80.0 42.2 1.0 2 17.1 2.1 14
2023 Sinker ATL R 5 92.6 23.5 -1.1 -4 17.4 2.1 14
2023 4-Seam Fastball ATL R 780 93.5 20.4 -4.2 -26 12.3 3.7 44
2023 Slider ATL R 478 83.1 42.8 4.3 11 3.3 -3.6 -52
2023 Sweeper ATL R 20 79.9 44.7 2.8 7 17.8 2.6 17
2017 Sinker MIN R 59 94.1 20.6 0.6 3 19.7 4.8 32
2017 Cutter MIN R 20 90.1 22.2 1.5 6 1.8 -3.4 -209
2017 4-Seam Fastball MIN R 201 94.1 14.2 0.1 1 11.3 3.0 37
2017 Slider MIN R 117 83.1 39.5 2.4 6 4.4 -0.5 -11
2016 Sinker MIN R 37 94.7 23.3 2.2 10 16.6 2.4 17
2016 4-Seam Fastball MIN R 871 94.6 17.6 -1.8 -11 11.7 4.2 57
2016 Changeup MIN R 1 87.4 37.2 6.5 21 7.3 -5.8 -44
2016 Slider MIN R 373 83.4 44.2 6.1 16 7.0 1.7 33
2015 Slider MIN R 89 83.3 44.7 5.9 15 7.3 2.1 40
2015 4-Seam Fastball MIN R 260 94.9 21.3 -5.9 -38 14.1 6.9 95
2015 Sinker MIN R 3 94.8 28.1 6.6 30 20.1 5.8 41
2015 Changeup MIN R 5 88.6 34.7 4.8 16 14.1 1.3 10
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Run Values by Pitch Type

Year Pitch Type Team RV/100 Run Value Pitches % PA BA SLG wOBA Whiff% K% PutAway % xBA xSLG xwOBA Hard Hit %
2024 4-Seam Fastball 0.2 1 270 44.3 72 .196 .268 .328 21.3 18.1 15.3 .227 .382 .347 36.4
2024 Slider 1.5 4 240 39.4 56 .148 .185 .157 33.7 35.7 18.7 .169 .244 .175 47.2
2024 Sinker 1.2 1 60 9.9 15 .250 .417 .367 18.5 6.7 20.0 .264 .303 .339 18.2
2024 Sweeper -5.0 -2 39 6.4 4 .667 .667 .625 27.3 0.0 0.0 .594 .687 .601 33.3
2023 4-Seam Fastball 0.3 3 780 60.8 208 .228 .423 .304 22.4 23.1 18.8 .254 .466 .333 44.8
2023 Slider 0.1 0 478 37.3 112 .196 .304 .277 30.4 24.1 14.8 .212 .286 .254 30.3
2023 Sweeper 1.1 0 20 1.6 3 .333 .333 .300 0.0 0.0 0.0 .343 .537 .372 66.7
2023 Sinker 4.4 0 5 0.4 1 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .059 .100 .054 0.0
2017 4-Seam Fastball 0.4 1 201 50.6 51 .200 .500 .385 24.8 25.5 20.6 .177 .407 .341 37.0
2017 Slider 0.1 0 117 29.5 27 .280 .280 .285 38.3 37.0 21.7 .230 .331 .303 18.8
2017 Sinker -5.0 -3 59 14.9 16 .400 .933 .563 17.6 0.0 0.0 .350 .654 .435 46.7
2017 Cutter -4.3 -1 20 5.0 3 .333 1.333 .967 40.0 33.3 16.7 .285 .750 .423 50.0
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
! Note: To better align with other values, positive numbers (red) are good, and negative numbers (blue) are poor.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Spin-Based Observed Deviation
2024 4-Seam Fastball 255 93.0 91 18.2 2:00 1:45 15
2024 Sinker 50 92.1 86 19.7 2:00 2:45 -45
2024 Slider 219 83.3 31 5.8 8:00 7:00 60
2024 Sweeper 37 80.0 53 18.0 8:15 9:00 -45
2023 4-Seam Fastball 774 93.5 90 16.3 1:45 1:45 0
2023 Slider 475 83.1 42 6.5 8:00 7:15 45
2023 Sweeper 20 79.9 65 19.1 8:00 8:30 -30
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2013 47 173 0 -1 0 -1 -1
2014 87 332 3 -2 -1 -3 -4
2015 97 359 2 0 1 -2 1
2016 315 1,285 2 2 -6 -8 -10
2017 97 397 4 -2 -3 -2 -3
2023 328 1,298 2 9 -5 -4 2
2024 147 609 9 0 -2 -4 3
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Plate Discipline

Season Pitches Zone % Zone Swing % Zone Contact % Chase % Chase Contact % Edge % 1st Pitch Strike % Swing % Whiff % Meatball % Meatball Swing %
2015 362 50.8 64.7 90.8 28.1 64.0 38.7 65.7 46.7 17.2 9.7 80.0
2016 1,287 51.1 64.1 80.6 27.8 59.4 40.0 60.0 46.4 25.5 8.0 78.6
2017 397 49.4 74.0 80.0 25.4 51.0 42.8 60.8 49.4 27.6 9.6 78.9
2023 1,283 52.8 68.9 80.1 29.4 61.8 42.6 66.7 50.3 24.8 8.1 72.1
2024 609 46.9 65.4 78.1 29.6 62.5 40.0 61.9 46.5 25.8 7.4 64.4
Player 3,938 50.8 66.9 80.9 28.4 60.4 41.0 63.1 48.0 24.8 8.3 74.8
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.4 57.9 42.6 60.9 47.2 24.8 7.3 76.2
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA /
xERA
xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV Hard
Hit%
K% BB% Whiff% Chase
Rate
FB
Velo
FB
Spin
CB
Spin
Extension
2015 79 70 87
2016 19 32 16 9 36 36 2 4 3 78 54 70 36 75 86 70
2017 68 84 81
2023 60 56 49 46 72 49 49 28 44 48 70 40 58 40 69 31
2024 75 84 89 89 52 91 94 71 51 57 23 53 63 29 73 28
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2016 24.1 13 14.8 -2 4 8 9 69.2
2017 22.8 6 5.6 0 1 3 3 50.0
2023 24.1 13 12.2 1 1 8 6 46.2
2024 23.3 1 1.3 0 0 1 1 100.0
Player 23.9 33 33.9 -1 6 20 19 57.6

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2016 13 17 13 13 15 13 17 13 14 13 13 16 16 14 14 15 12 14 15 16 15 15 18 18 13 13 16 17 18 16 13
2017 6 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 6 7 5 4 6 6 6 6 5 6 4 6 6 6 6 5 6 7 5 6 4
2023 13 10 13 11 13 12 13 11 11 11 12 12 12 13 14 13 12 11 12 14 11 14 15 14 11 10 12 13 14 13 10
2024 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 2
Player 33 34 32 31 35 32 37 32 31 30 32 36 34 32 35 35 31 33 33 37 32 36 41 40 31 29 35 38 39 36 29
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights, distances and environmental effects. For these purposes, the 2020 Blue Jays home field was still Rogers Centre, not Sahlen Field.
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Year to Year Changes

Metric 2015 2016 +/-   2017 +/-   2018 +/-   2019 +/-   2020 +/-   2021 +/-   2022 +/-   2023 +/-   2024 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 94.9 94.6 -0.3 -- -0.8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 93.5 -- 92.8 -0.7
Offspeed Velocity 88.6 87.4 -1.2 -- 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.0 -- 0.0 0.0
Breaking Velocity 83.4 83.4 0.0 -- -0.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 83.0 -- 82.8 -0.2
Exit Velocity 90.7 90.6 -0.1 -- -2.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 89.8 -- 87.9 -1.9
Launch Angle 7.6 16.4 8.8 -- -0.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 19.1 -- 11.5 -7.6
Barrel % 5.7 9.6 3.9 -- 0.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 8.0 -- 3.2 -4.8
Hard Hit % 41.4 42.8 1.4 -- -7.8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 40.0 -- 38.3 -1.7
LA Sweet-Spot % 25.7 38.0 12.3 -- -4.7 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 32.0 -- 24.5 -7.5
xBA .246 .261 0.015 -- -0.032 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- .240 -- .214 -0.026
BA .239 .280 0.041 -- -0.015 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- .217 -- .192 -0.025
xwOBA .305 .341 0.036 -- 0.000 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- .305 -- .287 -0.018
wOBA .300 .356 0.056 -- 0.023 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- .283 -- .256 -0.027
xSLG .379 .465 0.086 -- -0.024 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- .403 -- .322 -0.081
SLG .386 .490 0.104 -- 0.052 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- .380 -- .256 -0.124
K% 19.2 25.4 6.2 -- -0.7 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 23.1 -- 23.1 0.0
BB% 9.1 7.6 -1.5 -- 4.8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 7.1 -- 10.2 3.1
Swing % 46.7 46.4 -0.3 -- 3.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 50.3 -- 46.5 -3.8
Whiff% 17.2 25.5 8.3 -- 2.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 24.8 -- 25.8 1.0
In Zone % 50.8 51.1 0.3 -- -1.7 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 52.8 -- 46.9 -5.9
Out of Zone % 49.2 48.9 -0.3 -- 1.7 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 47.2 -- 53.1 5.9
Out of Zone Swing % 28.1 27.8 -0.3 -- -2.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 29.4 -- 29.6 0.2
First Pitch Swing % 29.3 27.3 -2.0 -- 4.7 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 32.1 -- 21.8 -10.3
First Pitch Strike % 65.7 60.0 -5.7 -- 0.8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 66.7 -- 61.9 -4.8
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2016 Shifts 312 .359 200 19 9.5 112 18 16.1
2017 Shifts 97 .379 65 9 13.8 32 4 12.5
2023 Shades 324 .283 172 55 32.0 152 59 38.8
2024 Shades 147 .256 96 0 0.0 51 29 56.9
! Note: Shifts are through the 2022 season, Shaded starting from the 2023 season, Shift: three or more infielders are on the same side of second base, Shade: positioned outside of their typical responsible slices of the field.
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Pitch Tempo

Bases EmptyRunners On Base
SeasonTeamPitchesTempoFast %Slow %PitchesTempoFast %Slow %
2013 32 17.0 15.6% 6.3% 44 20.1 2.3% 0.0%
2014 69 15.4 43.5% 1.4% 78 18.7 10.3% 5.1%
2015 88 16.7 31.8% 3.4% 77 21.4 6.5% 9.1%
2016 306 18.3 19.6% 2.3% 288 21.7 9.4% 12.8%
2017 92 17.3 17.4% 2.2% 85 21.7 1.2% 9.4%
2023 338 14.6 57.7% 0.6% 209 18.1 1.9% 0.5%
2024 141 14.1 68.8% 0.0% 130 17.1 13.8% 0.0%
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Pitch Distribution