The former first-round draft pick had a career revival with a 9.1 K/9 and 3.62 ERA at Triple-A. It led to a brief cup of coffee with the Twins in September, but he could only muster a 4.15 ERA and a 7.3 K/9 out of the Minnesota bullpen. Alex Wimmers is on the right side of 30, but his lack of strikeout ability and control could relegate him to organizational depth.
Wimmers has a 3.00 ERA with seven strikeouts in six innings this spring. He's being considered for a final spot in the bullpen, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Wimmers moved to the bullpen last season and had a career revival with a 9.1 K/9 and 3.62 ERA at Triple-A. However, he posted just a a 4.15 ERA and 7.3 K/9 when called up to the majors in September. He also walked too many batters (4.4 BB/9 at Triple-A), which he'll need to reduce since he doesn't have a dominating fastball (91.6 mph average in the majors last season). Wimmers is still likely to begin the season in Triple-A despite his strong spring.
Wimmers was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester on Monday. The former first-round draft pick had a brief cup of coffee with the Twins in September, but could only muster a 4.15 ERA and a 7.3 K/9 out of the Minnesota bullpen. Wimmers is on the right side of 30, but his lack of control and finishing strikeout ability could relegate him to organizational depth going forward.
The Twins recalled Wimmers from Triple-A Rochester on Friday, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports. The 2010 first-round pick took a rocky road to the majors, but he finally earned his first call-up by posting a 3.62 ERA and striking out 50 batters over 49.2 innings in 39 appearances with Rochester this season. He was working as a closer with Rochester but figures to open in middle relief with the Twins.
Wimmers has a 4.58 ERA and 15:8 K:BB in 17.2 innings since being promoted to Triple-A Rochester. The first-round pick by the Twins in 2010 struggled as a starter, but was moved to the bullpen in the second half of last season with some success. While he has a good strikeout rate, high walk totals have always been a problem. Given Minnesota's poor bullpen this season, it wouldn't be a shock to see him get a shot in the majors if he can improve his control.
Twins pitcher Alex Wimmers has yet to throw any breaking balls yet, according to the Star Tribune. Wimmers had a surgery to repair a nerve in his elbow in October, and is still recovering from the injury. Wimmers was coming off Tommy John surgery prior to this issue, so it's been a long road back for the pitcher. He expects to be ready by the end of minor-league camp.