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1.21 Minnesota Twins - Alex Wimmers, RHP, Ohio State

The Twins selected Alex Wimmers. Here's his profile:

 

Alex Wimmers   Position: RHP   School: Ohio State   State: OH   Year: Jr.   Height: 6’2’’   Weight: 195

Birth Date: 11/1/88   Seiler Rating: 1B2   Last Drafted: Never

 

Year

W

L

ERA

G

GS

SV

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

2008

0

3

4.50

25

0

3

40.0

35

24

20

4

31

51

2009

9

2

3.27

16

16

0

104.2

80

43

38

9

55

136

2010

9

0

1.60

10

10

0

73.0

58

14

13

0

23

86


Alex Wimmers is a polished right-handed pitcher from Ohio State University. Wimmers originally came to Ohio State from Moeller High School in Cincinnati, the famous program that has yielded Ken Griffey Jr. and Barry Larkin, in addition to a few more players in this Draft Notebook. Despite coming from a well-known program that has a long history of baseball success, Wimmers wasn’t heavily scouted in high school, and the fact that he was a two-way player clouded his future projection. His frame wasn’t the most desirable, and since he didn’t have a big fastball, he went undrafted and he landed at Ohio State. He pitched well for the Buckeyes from the beginning, first in a late-inning relief role as a freshman, then as a decorated starter as a sophomore, and despite a late-season setback due to a hamstring issue, his junior season has been up expectations, as well. As a pitcher with a pair of excellent offspeed pitches and a solid fastball, he has a number two starter ceiling, though a number three ceiling is a bit more likely. His fastball usually sits 90-92, touching 94, making it above-average due to plus command and above-average movement. He complements his fastball with a plus changeup and plus curveball, and that three pitch combination means he’ll succeed easily at the lower levels of the minor leagues. There’s not much projection left in his frame, though, so what you see is what you get in terms of long-term potential. Despite the injury, he came back healthy late in the year, ensuring a first round selection, and he’s a candidate to go in the top half of the first round to a team that wants a polished pitcher who will sign for slot money.