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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!

On the back fields with… Jesse Biddle

We head to the back fields of Spring Training to chat with Phillies first-round pick Jesse Biddle. The Eastern PA high school product is a big, strong left-hander who clearly has a maturity that belies his years.

He’s also a great poster boy for why it’s good to sign early. The No. 27 overall pick last June signed very quickly after being taken by his hometown team and he got 43 2/3 innings of professional work under his belt before the 2010 season ended. That served as a great springboard to earning a spot with full-season Lakewood to begin this season.

He’s made two starts as of this post, with mixed results. On April 17, he was part of a pretty good South Atlantic League matchup, facing No. 1 pick Bryce Harper. Hagerstown knocked Biddle around a bit and Harper went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the game.

When I caught up with Biddle, he was getting ready for what will be a very long first full season. We spoke about how to prepare for a 140-game season and what it’s like to put on a uniform for the team he grew up watching. Check out the edited, shorter version of our chat right here.

And for those of you with a little more time on your hands, here’s the long version. After this, I’ve got just one more first-round pick conversation from my time down in Florida.

On the back fields with… Cito Culver

Back to my riveting series of conversations with 2010 first-round picks. Today, we go to the Yankees’ system and chat with somewhat surprising first-rounder Cito Culver. Taken No. 32 overall out of the upstate New York high school scene, Culver is a toolsy shortstop who signed quickly and managed to get 203 at-bats in last summer.

When I caught up with Culver, we talked about the work he was getting in during Spring Training, the daily grind he was adjusting to, getting out of the Northeast weather and his opportunity to work out with his idol, Derek Jeter.

As always, you can watch the cleaned up, edited and shorter version of the conversation here.
But if you want more with the Yankee prospect who is currently in Extended Spring Training waiting for an assignment later this season, you can watch the “director’s cut” below.

On the back fields with… Deck McGuire

Here’s the second installment of my new video series, sharing the conversations I had with Minor Leaguers during Spring Training. Right now, we’re featuring 2010 first-round picks. We’ll stay in the American League East, this time with Toronto Blue Jays’ first-rounder Deck McGuire. The No. 11 overall pick (and No. 7 on the Blue Jays Top 10), the Georgia Tech right-hander didn’t pitch last summer, so he’s making his pro debut right now. The Jays sent him straight to the Class A Advanced Florida State League, where he’s appeared in two games. The first was a four-inning shutout relief appearance (don’t worry, he’s a starter — the Jays just piggy-backed him), the second was a three-run, five-hit over 4 2/3 IP performance. He’s struck out 10 and walked three in 8 2/3 total innings.

Like I did with Manny Machado, you have two options. You can watch the shortened, edited version of the McGuire interview right here — sort of a Cliff’s Notes version.

Or, if you want the full, raw video (where you get a better sense of McGuire’s outstanding personality), you can watch below.

Yankees sign Mason Williams

I’ve just learned the Yankees signed 4th rounder, high school outfielder Mason Williams. As they have with several later-round picks, they’ve one over slot, signing Williams for $1.45 million.

D-Backs make big signing

No, it’s not first-rounder Barret Loux. Looks like he’s not going to sign.

They did, however, sign toolsy high school outfielder Ty Linton (check out his Draft Report), their 14th round pick. The two-sport standout was signed away from going to the University of North Carolina for a $1.25 million bonus, which will be spread out over five years.

So while they may not be signing Loux, they have had some success today, with the Linton deal adding to Blake Perry and Tyler Green.

Draft Reports on the recently signed

In case you wanted to take a look-see, here are the Draft Reports we did pre-draft on the top players who have recently signed that I didn’t post earlier:

2.  Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pirates
12. Yasmani Grandal, C, Reds
24. Gary Brown, OF, Giants
52. Stetson Allie, RHP, Pirates
74. Jarrett Parker, OF, Giants

Just something to catch up on as we await more signings.

Reds getting Grandal done

It’s not quite official yet, but MLB.com has learned that the Reds will sign their top pick, N0. 12 overall Yasmani Grandal. Things should be finished up in the next half-hour or so, but it’s believed the University of Miami catcher will get $2.99 million and a Major League deal.

That means Grandal will get a spot on the 40-man roster. The Reds’ roster is full right now, so the organization will have to make a move to make room for their new backstop.

As of this writing, Grandal is the first draftee to receive a Major League contract as part of his deal.

Solis official

The Nationals have officially signed second round pick Sammy Solis. The San Diego lefty got $1 million to sign. Here’s his Draft Report. 

Mariners land two picks

Both came after the first round, but both got over-slot deals that fit into late-first round or supplemental round type money. The Mariners were able to sign second-round pick Marcus Littlewood and 16th rounder Jordan Shipers on Monday. You can check out Littlewood’s Draft Report here.

Littlewood, a shortstop from the Utah high school ranks, got $900,000 to sign. Shipers, a prep lefty from Missouri, got $800,000. Littlewood had been committed to the University of San Diego. Shipers was set to go to Missouri State. Instead, both are now Mariners.

The Mariners can now turn their attention to signing third-rounder Ryne Stanek, the Kansas high school product with a commitment to Universiy of Arkansas. They also have James Paxton, the fourth-round pick, but because he was not in school last year, they can negotiate with him past the deadline (like the Royals did with Aaron Crow recently).

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