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Player: Tosoni, Rene

Card: 2011 Bowman Chrome Draft #89

Position: OF

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Rene Michael Tosoni (born July 2, 1986 in Toronto) is a Canadian former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Minnesota Twins in 2011 and has also played in International competitions with the Canada national baseball team.

Rene was selected by the Twins in the 36th-round of the 2005 Major League Baseball draft. He spent the majority of the 2008 season assigned to the Twins' advanced A affiliate, the Fort Myers Miracle. With the Miracle, he batted .325 with one home run and 17 RBIs in the first half of the 2008 season—helping his team capture the Florida State League first-half West Division title. Rene was the MVP of the 2009 Futures Game.

Along with teammates Robert Delaney, Brian Dinkelman, Jeff Manship, Wilson Ramos, Anthony Slama and Danny Valencia, Tosoni was selected to represent Fort Myers in the 2008 Florida State League All-Star game, however, a broken leg prevented him from attending. Upon his short return from the disabled list at the end of the season, his two-run home run in the first inning was the deciding factor in the Miracle's 2–1 victory over the Dunedin Blue Jays in game one of the 2008 division playoffs.

Tosoni was called up by the Minnesota Twins on April 28, 2011. Tosoni had a single in his first Major League appearance off of Tampa Bay Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson. He recorded his first RBI in the same game while going 2 for 4 with two singles. On September 27, he hit his first grand slam in a 7–4 Victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Tosoni was selected for the Canada national baseball team at the 2009 Baseball World Cup, 2013 World Baseball Classic, 2015 Pan American Games, 2015 WBSC Premier12, 2019 Pan American Games and 2019 WBSC Premier12. Post-retirement, he has served as a hitting coach for the A advanced Florida Fire Frogs in the Atlanta Braves organization.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


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This player is not a part of any Baseball Amore Tours.

See Rene’s baseball cards at TCDB

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