Updated: August 6th, 2010 6:11pm
Twins sign top pick Alex Wimmers, who receives $1.332M bonus

Twins sign top pick Alex Wimmers, who receives $1.332M bonus

by Tom Pelissero
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The Minnesota Twins locked up their first-round draft pick on Friday, signing right-handed pitcher Alex Wimmers to a contract that included a $1.332 million signing bonus.

The move came 10 days before the deadline for signing Wimmers, who had a year of eligibility remaining at Ohio State University but instead will report to Class-A Fort Myers on Sunday.

"We are thrilled to have Alex on board in this organization," Twins scouting director Deron Johnson said in a statement. "He is a guy that we targeted from the start of the spring. We have watched him the last couple of years and he fits the mold that we like.

"As a starter, he has four pitches that he can throw for strikes, including a great changeup. He throws strikes, and pitches with no fear. Alex may not overpower people with his fastball, but he has tremendous command, which is proven by his success over the last couple of years at Ohio State."

Wimmers, 21, was the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year each of the past two springs. In 10 games last season, he went 9-0 with a 1.60 earned-run average over 73 innings -- striking out 86, walking 23 and throwing the first nine-inning no-hitter in school history.

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