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Michael Tonkin Becomes 15th Duck to Have Contract Purchased

Righty is also fourth Ducks closer to join MLB or foreign organization in 2019

(Central Islip, N.Y., Aug. 19, 2019) – The Long Island Ducks today announced the contract of right-handed pitcher Michael Tonkin has been purchased by Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He will report to the team’s Triple-A affiliate in Reno, Nev. Tonkin becomes the 15th member of the 2019 Ducks roster to have his contract purchased by a Major League or foreign organization.

Tonkin made 21 appearances with the Ducks, all in relief. He compiled a 3-2 record with a spectacular 0.34 ERA, allowing just four runs (one earned) in 26.2 innings of work. The five-year MLB veteran recorded seven saves and conceded just 10 hit and nine walks while striking out 31 batters. Opponents batted just .120 against Tonkin as well. The California native made 13 consecutive appearances without yielding an earned run to begin his Ducks career, and he struck out at least one batter in all but five of his relief appearances.

Following is the complete list of 2019 Ducks players whose contracts have been purchased:


Michael Tonkin (RHP) Arizona Diamondbacks Reno Aces (AAA) 08/19/19
T.J. Rivera (INF) Washington Nationals Harrisburg Senators (AA) 08/04/19
Enrique Burgos (RHP) Mexican League Leones de Yucatan 07/19/19
Travis Banwart (RHP) Chinese Professional Baseball League Fubon Guardians 07/16/19
Josh Lueke (RHP) Mexican League Leones de Yucatan 06/27/19
Alec Asher (RHP) Chinese Professional Baseball League Uni-President Lions 06/20/19
Sean Nolin (LHP) Seattle Mariners Tacoma Rainiers (AAA) 06/06/19
Darin Downs (LHP) Mexican League Acereros de Monclova 06/04/19
George Kontos (RHP) Washington Nationals Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) 05/25/19
Bennett Parry (LHP) Mexican League Pericos de Puebla 05/22/19
Jose Cuas (RHP) Arizona Diamondbacks Hillsboro Hops (A) 05/22/19
Tim Adleman (RHP) Detroit Tigers Toledo Mudhens (AAA) 05/11/19
Ivan De Jesus Jr. (INF) Chicago White Sox Charlotte Knights (AAA) 05/07/19
Tim Melville (RHP) Colorado Rockies Albuquerque Isotopes (AAA) 05/03/19
Jon Niese (LHP) Seattle Mariners Tacoma Rainiers (AAA) 04/25/19

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit

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