On the back fields with… Alex Wimmers

And finally, the last installment of my video interviews with members of the 2010 Draft class, first-round style.

The Twins took Alex Wimmers No. 21 overall in last year’s Draft out of Ohio State and he fits the Minnesota mold in terms of the kind of pitcher it looks for in the Draft — typically college guys who know how to pitch, throw a lot of strikes and command the baseball well.

After signing, Wimmers did get his feet wet professionally last summer, making four starts for Ft. Myers in the Class A Advanced Florida State League. He gave up one run in 15 2/3 IP, a nice way to kick things off. He was back in Ft. Myers, obviously, for Spring Training and got to stay for the start of the FSL season.

Things didn’t exactly get off on the right foot, though. In his 2011 debut, Wimmers walked the first six batters he faced. Of his 28 pitches, only four were strikes. He was charged with three wild pitches and four runs without allowing a hit or retiring a batter. The Twins placed Wimmers on the disbled list with what was called “flu-like symptoms,” but really they were taking him out of the rotation so he could try to re-discover his mechanics. Remember, this is a guy who was a first-rounder largely because of his command… we’re not talking about a power arm here with a history of control problems. Here’s hoping he gets things sorted out before long.

In the meantime, here’s the edited, cleaner version of our Spring Training interview, when he was just coming back from a minor hamstring issue (hmm, I wonder if that threw his mechanics off at all). Click here to watch it.

And for those of you who want the unedited, longer version, watch below. Now that I’m done with the first-rounder series, I’ll try to get more video on here as the season wears on.  Enjoy!

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