La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Twins select Alex Wimmers in the MLB draft

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 7, 2010 - 10:38 PM

Alex Wimmers, a righthander from Ohio State, was selected by the Twins with the 21st overall pick of Monday's draft.

Wimmers went 9-0 with a 1.60 ERA for the Buckeyes this season. In 73 innings, he struck out 86 and walked 23, but scouting reports describe him as a strike-thrower with good pitching acumen. His fastball touches the low 90's.

Joe McIlvaine, the Twins special assignment scout, told MLBTV that Wimmers changes speeds very well.

``His change up was as good as any major leaguer,'' McIlvaine said. ``He has a fastball that tails on the inside part of the plate or cuts on the outside part of the plate.''

 More on Wimmers soon...

Update:  Low 90's? Changeup guy? Sounds like this guy's ceiling would be Brad Radke.

Here's what Baseball America's Jim Callis tweeted moments after the pick:

Callis: Wimmers fits Twins mold, polished pitcher. Don't underrate his stuff. He's not close to a finesse guy.

And another: ESPN writes in this scouting report that Wimmers is the closest thing to Mike Leake in this year's draft. 

Late night update: Here's audio AND A VIDEO file of Wimmer, courtesy of the Twins Baseball Communication department.


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