Alex Wimmers

Position: RHP
Born: 11/1/1988
Height: 6'2
Weight: 210
B/T: R/L
Acquired: Drafted in the first round (#21 overall) of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft (MIN)

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: 2-2 with a 3.97 ERA and 11 saves in 45 games between Chattanooga (Double-A) and Rochester (Triple-A), striking out 56 and walking 25 in 56 .2 IP while allowing 52 hits.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Rochester August 26 along with LHP Andrew Albers when RHPs Jose Berrios and Tyler Duffey were sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 8/26/2016

Debut Details
August 26, in a 15-8 loss to the Blue Jays. The last of six pitchers on the night, he tossed a perfect eighth inning, striking out two. Of 15 pitches, nine were for strikes. Coming on to start the eighth in relief of Ryan O’Rourke, the first big-league batter he faced, Darwin Barney, grounded out to shortstop. Justin Smoak struck out looking on a full count before Ezequiel Carrera struck out swinging.

Player Notes
If it seems odd that a first-round pick would take seven seasons to make it to the majors, keep in mind that Wimmers has battled arm trouble over the years, undergoing Tommy John surgery and subsequent surgery to repair nerve damage in his forearm. He threw just 15 innings in his pro debut in 2010 and saw minimal time in 2011, 2012 and 2013 before finally getting his sea legs in 2014. That summer, he combined between Fort Myers (High A) and New Britain (Double-A) to go 4-3 and post a 3.96 ERA, the lone season he had an ERA under 4.00, striking out 97 while walking 31 and allowing 90 hits in 84 innings. In 2015, at Chattanooga (Double-A), he was 8-4 with a 4.53 ERA in 30 games (18 starts), striking out 100 and walking 43 in 115.1 IP, allowing 117 hits. He’s combined for a 4.24 ERA in those seven seasons and had dipped pretty far down on the prospect charts before finally getting his long-awaited call-up.