COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Ohio State right-hander Alex Wimmers was named the seventh-best prospect in the Minnesota Twins organization, Baseball America announced Tuesday.
Wimmers, taken in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft in June by the Twins, was impressive in his first season of pro ball after making his debut Aug. 21. In four starts, the Cincinnati, Ohio, native went 2-0 with a 0.57 earned-run average in 15.2 innings pitched. He gave up just six hits and five walks while striking out 23.
Wimmers was named the 2010 College Baseball Foundation National Pitcher of the Year after going 9-0 with a 1.61 ERA in 10 starts. He is fourth at Ohio State in fewest runs allowed (81) and fifth in strikeouts (273), fewest earned runs allowed (71) and fewest hits (173). He is also sixth in earned run average (2.94). His 18 career victories rank 23rd. His strikeout total is also good for a tie for 16th-place all-time in the Big Ten Conference.