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Minnesota Twins take Ohio State pitcher in first round

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins selected Ohio State right-hander Alex Wimmers with their first-round draft pick, No. 21 overall, Monday night.

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Wimmers went 9-0 with a 1.60 ERA for the Buckeyes in 2010. Scouts say he does not have overpowering stuff, but he does have great control. That makes him an ideal fit for the Twins, who stress limiting walks and throwing strikes throughout their organization.

Wimmers had 86 strikeouts and only 23 walks in 73 innings pitched this season as a junior. He did not allow a home run and held opposing hitters to a .218 batting average.

Wimmers is a native of Cincinnati.

Meanwhile, the Washington Nationals selected the much-hyped Bryce Harper, a 17-year-old with prodigious power from the College of Southern Nevada, with the No. 1 overall pick.

A year after taking similarly hyped right-hander Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals took Harper, who can play catcher but was announced as an outfielder.

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