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Michael Tinsley

Position Catcher
Weight 194 lbs.
Class Junior
Height 5'11''
Hometown Menlo Park, Calif.
High School Junipero Serra

Career Honors and Awards

  • 212th Pick (Seventh Round) of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians
  • 2016 ABCA/Rawlings All-Midwest Region Second Team
  • 2016 All-Big 12 First Team (Unanimous Selection)
  • 2016 Johnny Bench Award Semifinalist (One of 15)
  • Official Watch List for the 2016 Johnny Bench Award (One of 13)
  • 2015 Fall Athletic Director’s and Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
  • 2015 All-Big 12 Second Team
  • 2014 Bob Allison KU Rookie of the Year

2016, Junior season
Drafted in the seventh round (212th overall) of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians… Named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Midwest Region Second Team… Unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection… Started in all 56 games for the Jayhawks… Led the team with a .377 batting average (80-for-212)… Ranked first on the team in RBIs (42), runs (47), hits (80), doubles (15) and walks (32)… Started his second-straight opening day behind the dish for the Jayhawks at Little Rock (2/20)… Perfect 3-for-3 against Northern Colorado (2/23)… Tallied two hits against then-No. 5 Oregon State (2/27)… Scored first run of season against the Beavers (2/27)… Stole a career-high two bases vs. BYU (3/4)… Drew career-high two walks vs. Murray State (3/16)… Matched season-high two runs scored at Stanford (3/19)… Perfect 4-for-4 with career-high five RBIs and four runs scored vs. Benedictine (3/30)… Matched career-high four runs scored in 11-5 win at Texas (4/15)… Hit first home run in exactly one year against Wichita State (4/19)… Hit first triple of season at Samford (4/23)… Batted .727 (8-for-11) with six RBIs and four runs scored in series win over Oklahoma (4/30-5/1)… Belted three-run home run over scoreboard in right field at then-No. 19 Minnesota (5/3).

2015, Sophomore season
2015 All-Big 12 Second Team… Started 53 games and appeared in 54 for the Jayhawks… Ended the season with a career best in batting average (.337), home runs (three), doubles (15), and runs scored (31)… Concluded the season among the top-10 in the league in batting average, doubles, RBIs (39), and on-base percentage (.407)… Went 2-for-3 with one double, one home run, one run scored and two RBIs versus Oregon State (2/22)… Tied career highs in runs (2), doubles (2), walks (2), and RBIs (3) at Missouri State (3/24)… Had a career-best six at bats at Wichita State (4/1)… Reached base safely in 13-straight games beginning at Wichita State (4/1) and concluding against Texas (4/19).

2014, Freshman season
Appeared in 32 and started 14 games for the Jayhawks… Went 22-for-61 at the plate to finish with season with a .361 batting average… Recorded his first-career three-hit game against Mississippi Valley State (2/23) and matched that at Iowa (4/8)… Batted in a season-high three RBIs against Houston Baptist (3/2)… Hit two triples on the season, one against Mississippi Valley State (2/23) and the other versus Houston Baptist (3/2).

Junipero Serra HS
Two-year letterwinner for head coach Craig Gianinno and the Padres… Named to 2013 West Catholic Athletic League First Team… Named to 2013 San Jose Mercury Second Team… Named to 2013 California Perfect Game Honorable Mention Team… In 2012, batted .308 in league play with four doubles and eight RBIs, before hitting .333 in the postseason with two RBIs… Batted .386 in 2013 with 44 hits and 24 RBIs, including 12 doubles, a triple and three home runs… Took 22 free passes and compiled a .486 on-base percentage while slugging .587… Completed his high school playing career with 25 stolen bases.

Born in Palo Alto, California… Son of Randy and Libby Tinsley… Mother played soccer at UC-Berkeley… Majoring in communications.