Monday, July 18, 2011

Wimmers moving in the right direction

The Twins selected Alex Wimmers with their first round pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. The organization had dreams that the college pitcher would follow the same path as Kyle Gibson, their first round pick from the previous year. The first full professional season for Wimmers has not lived up to the path that Gibson lay ahead of him. 

In his first outing of the season with the Fort Myers Miracle, Wimmers did not manage to record an out and he walked in three runs. Overall he faced six batters, walked them all, and was charged with four earned runs. He threw 28 pitches and only four of them were strikes. There was obviously something lacking from this young pitcher in his first start of the year.

Since that horrendous outing, the Twins have pulled back the reigns with Wimmers and have gone back to basics with their valuable pitcher. The organization brought Wimmers back to extended spring training to work on his mechanical issues. For the last three months, Wimmers has been working on his physical and mental flaws in order to get back on the playing field.

In the last week, there have been some major milestones in the return of Wimmers to professional baseball. His return to the mound came for the GCL Twins where he was asked to pitch one inning out of the bullpen. In that one inning of work, Wimmers walked one batter and struck out one batter. During this first step back, Wimmers did not allow a run for the Twins.

Following this inning of work, the Twins promoted Wimmers back to the team he struggled with earlier this year in Fort Myers. He returned to the mound for the Miracle yesterday by pitching a scoreless inning. In the inning, he walked one batter and allowed zero hits. This was another step in the right direction for Wimmers.

The Twins will continue to keep a good eye on Wimmers after his severe control problems at the beginning of this season. During his college career, there were no signs of control issues with Wimmers as he was a highly touted prospect. The organization hopes Wimmers can continue to work through his problems and become a highly touted prospect once again.

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