Ohio State pitcher Alex Wimmers was listed as the 13th best draft eligible player in the country, and the Sox hold the 13th overall selection. Wimmers was the co-Big Ten Conference pitcher of the year in 2009 after posting a 9-2 record with 136 strikeouts in 105 innings. According to Baseball America’s scouting report, Wimmers throws in the low 90s and possesses an exceptional curve and change-up.
Wimmers will start his junior season on Feb. 19. Here are his stats for 2008 (4.50 ERA,51 K, 31 B, 40.0 IP), 2009 (3.27 ERA, 136 K, 55 BB, 104.2 IP), and 2009′s Cape Cod league (1.23 ERA, 37 K, 13 BB, 22.o IP).
And from his mlbbonusbaby scouting report:
Fastball – Wimmers currently sits in the upper-80’s to low-90’s with his fastball, with a little room to add velocity as he increases arm strength and improves his mechanics. The pitch has good arm-side run and average command that fluctuates when he struggles to find a proper release point.
Curveball – Wimmers owns one of the finest curveballs in the draft. He throws the pitch in the mid-70’s with plus 11-5 movement on hitters. With improved mechanics, it could be a true Major League out pitch.
Change-up – Wimmers also throws a decent change-up — a 75-78 mph straight change that flashes good tumble and helps keep hitters honest. As he continues to more consistently hit his release point, it will be a nice complementary piece in his arsenal.