Twins Top 10 Prospects #7: Alex Wimmers
Alex Wimmers is a pitcher in the Minnesota Twins Organization. He stands 6’2″ and weighs 195 lbs. He bats left and throws right-handed. Wimmers was drafted with the 21st overall pick in the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Ohio State University.
During his time with Ohio State; Wimmers was a two-time Big Ten Pitcher of the Year. Wimmers had 18 wins in both his sophomore and junior season with the Buckeyes. He decided to forgo his senior season to sign with the Twins. The Twins gave him a $1.332 million signing bonus to help solidify that decision.
Wimmers signed just in time for him to join the organization and make 4 starts for the Ft. Myers Miracle. Wimmers went 2-0 with a 0.57 ERA, a 0.70 WHIP in 15.2 IP. He had 23 strikeouts and only 5 walks. These numbers show why the Twins were so high on Wimmers. During the draft, many experts said he was the most “Major League ready” of any of the pitchers in the draft. With that said, the Twins will not need to rush him to the big leagues.
With six quality starters already and one waiting in the minor leagues in Kyle Gibson; the Twins can take their time letting Wimmers ready himself for the Major Leagues. Wimmers is a prototypical Twins pitching prospect. His fastball is thrown in the 88-92 MPH range with good movement. He has an extremely good change-up and has a decent curveball. With the time he has to develop in the Minor Leagues, I feel the Twins will work on helping him develop one more pitch. Perhaps a cutter or slider to compliment his other pitches.
Wimmers keeps the ball low and in the strike zone. This is one of the reasons scouts said he was the most Major League ready of all the prospects in the draft. As any Twins fans know, this is exactly what the Twins front office is looking for out of their pitchers. Having such an excellent change-up will help him out greatly. Wimmers stuff will compare mostly to former Twins pitcher Brad Radke. He will have the ability to miss bats while still getting plenty of ground ball outs.
I predict Wimmers will move through the Twins minor league system quickly, much like Matt Garza and Scott Baker did. Even though he was just drafted, he is has three years of College Baseball under his belt. Expect Wimmers to be up in AAA possibly by the end of this year if not by the beginning of next year.
He could be called on to come out of the bullpen when he reaches the Major Leagues and may have to work his way into the rotation the way Brian Duensing did. All signs point to Wimmers being a very serviceable and “Twins type” of pitcher. I know most keep saying the Twins need to worry about getting an “ace who can miss bats”. Wimmers will miss bats and provide the Twins with a lot of solid innings in the future. It is only a matter of time before we get the chance to see what last year’s first round draft pick can do against Major League hitting.