Michael Tonkin
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 6' 7" 220LBS | Age: 33
Draft: 2008 | Rd: 30, #906, Minnesota Twins | Palmdale HS
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2016 3 2 5.02 65 0 0 71.2 80 1.45
2017 0 1 5.14 16 0 0 21 24 1.62
2023 7 2 3.99 44 0 1 79 75 1.04
6 Seasons 10 5 4.27 185 0 1 225.1 224 1.29
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2016 65 3-2 5.02 71.2 80 1.45
2017 16 0-1 5.14 21 24 1.62
2023 44 7-2 3.99 79 75 1.04
6 Seasons 185 10-5 4.27 225.1 224 1.29
MLB Percentile Rankings
Pitch Distribution

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted
Balls
Barrels Barrel % Barrel/PA Exit
Velocity
Max EV Launch
Angle
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 3.83
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 1250 220 18 8.2 5.7 89.7 113.9 19.1 31.8 .233 .395 .278 .298 .360 40.0 23.7 6.3 3.99 3.69
Player 3296 558 48 8.6 5.8 90.0 117.8 16.3 33.5 .245 .425 .322 .320 .387 40.7 23.9 7.9
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.4 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .405 .316 .315 .369 36.3 22.1 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Tonkin relies on 3 pitches.
Sinker
(60.8%) ,
Slider
(37.7%) ,
Sweeper
(1.5%) ,


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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 38.6 27.3 22.7 11.4 41.8 30.0 28.2 5.0 27.7 31.4 21.8 5.9 8.2 5.7
Player 40.0 26.5 24.6 9.0 38.2 34.4 27.2 4.1 28.1 26.7 25.4 5.9 8.6 5.8
MLB 44.6 23.4 24.9 7.0 37.0 37.6 25.3 3.9 32.8 24.7 24.4 5.8 6.9 4.7
! 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
2023 Sinker ATL R 759 93.5 20.5 -3.5 -15 12.4 -3.0 -19
2023 Slider ATL R 468 83.1 42.8 4.4 11 3.3 -3.9 -54
2023 Sweeper ATL R 19 79.9 44.8 2.7 6 17.6 2.3 15
2017 Sinker MIN R 129 94.3 19.4 -0.6 -3 16.5 1.5 10
2017 4-Seamer MIN R 128 94.0 11.8 2.4 17 9.9 1.8 22
2017 Cutter MIN R 23 90.2 21.4 2.0 9 2.9 -4.5 -273
2017 Slider MIN R 117 83.1 39.5 2.4 6 4.4 -0.5 -11
2016 Sinker MIN R 908 94.6 13.6 -4.9 -26 11.9 -2.1 -15
2016 Changeup MIN R 1 87.4 29.5 1.2 4 7.3 -5.8 -44
2016 Slider MIN R 373 83.4 39.6 3.9 11 7.0 1.7 33
2015 Sinker MIN R 264 94.9 -- -- 14.1 0.2 1
2015 Changeup MIN R 4 88.3 -- -- 15.1 2.1 17
2015 Slider MIN R 89 83.3 -- -- 7.3 2.1 40
! 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 %
2023 Sinker 0.7 6 760 60.8 203 .219 .417 .294 22.4 23.6 19.4 .245 .452 .321 45.1
2023 Slider -0.1 0 471 37.7 111 .198 .307 .279 30.7 24.3 15.0 .209 .284 .254 29.3
2023 Sweeper 1.4 0 19 1.5 3 .333 .333 .300 0.0 0.0 0.0 .348 .537 .376 66.7
2017 Sinker -1.0 -1 129 32.5 34 .290 .710 .438 21.9 17.6 19.4 .253 .500 .347 36.0
2017 4-Seamer -0.6 -1 128 32.2 33 .208 .500 .417 23.1 21.2 16.3 .188 .442 .382 47.1
2017 Slider 0.1 0 117 29.5 27 .280 .280 .285 38.3 37.0 21.7 .230 .331 .303 18.8
2017 Cutter -4.0 -1 23 5.8 3 .333 1.333 .967 45.5 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
2023 Sinker 753 93.5 90 16.4 2:00 1:45 15
2023 Slider 465 83.1 41 6.5 8:00 7:15 45
2023 Sweeper 19 79.9 66 18.9 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 3 0 1 -2 1
2016 315 1,285 2 2 -6 -8 -10
2017 97 397 4 -2 -3 -2 -3
2023 316 1,246 5 10 -5 -4 6
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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 1,250 53.3 69.3 80.2 29.6 60.5 41.9 67.2 50.6 25.0 8.3 71.8
Player 3,296 51.7 67.3 81.4 28.2 59.4 40.9 63.5 48.4 24.7 8.5 76.3
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.5 58.0 42.6 60.9 47.1 24.8 7.3 76.1
! 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 76 86 70
2017 68 84 81
2023 68 64 55 46 83 49 43 30 45 52 80 41 60 41 68 31
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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
Player 23.9 32 32.7 -1 6 19 18 56.3

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 10 12 11 12 12 12 13 14 13 12 11 12 14 11 14 15 14 11 10 12 13 14 13 10
Player 32 32 31 30 34 31 36 29 31 29 31 35 33 31 34 34 30 31 32 36 30 35 39 38 30 28 34 37 37 35 27
! 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 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 94.9 94.6 -0.3 93.8 -0.8
Offspeed Velocity 88.3 87.4 -0.9 0.0 0.0
Breaking Velocity 83.4 83.4 0.0 83.1 -0.3
Exit Velocity 90.7 90.6 -0.1 88.2 -2.4
Launch Angle 7.6 16.4 8.8 16.0 -0.4
Barrel % 5.7 9.6 3.9 10.0 0.4
Hard Hit % 41.4 42.8 1.4 35.0 -7.8
Sweet Spot % 25.7 38.0 12.3 33.3 -4.7
xBA .246 .261 0.015 .229 -0.032
BA .239 .280 0.041 .265 -0.015
xwOBA .305 .341 0.036 .341 0.000
wOBA .300 .356 0.056 .379 0.023
xSLG .379 .465 0.086 .441 -0.024
SLG .386 .490 0.104 .542 0.052
K% 19.2 25.4 6.2 24.7 -0.7
BB% 9.1 7.6 -1.5 12.4 4.8
Swing % 46.7 46.4 -0.3 49.4 3.0
Whiff% 17.2 25.5 8.3 27.6 2.1
In Zone % 50.8 51.1 0.3 49.4 -1.7
Out of Zone % 49.2 48.9 -0.3 50.6 1.7
Out of Zone Swing % 28.1 27.8 -0.3 25.4 -2.4
First Pitch Swing % 29.3 27.3 -2.0 32.0 4.7
First Pitch Strike % 65.7 60.0 -5.7 60.8 0.8
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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 316 .277 169 55 32.5 147 58 39.5
! 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 320 14.7 57.5% 0.6% 194 18.2 2.1% 0.5%
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Pitch Distribution