Ohio State baseball fans knew they were watching something special when Alex Wimmers took to the Bill Davis Stadium hill in 2010.
Little did they know they were watching the best pitcher in college baseball.
Friday night, the College Baseball Foundation declared Wimmers was its National Pitcher of the Year at the annual College Baseball Awards show in Lubbock, Texas.
Boasting a fastball that tops 90 mph and a wicked changeup, Wimmers dominated all comers in 2010, going 9-0 with a 1.60 ERA, the best ever for a starter in head coach Bob Todd's tenure, in 10 starts. He struck out 86 batters in 73 innings, walking only 23, and kept opposing hitters to a .218 average without allowing a home run.
At the conclusion of the season, Wimmers was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season, becoming the first hurler ever to achieve that honor. He also repeated as a first-team All-American.
In June, he was tabbed a first-round draft pick by the Minnesota Twins when he was taken 21st overall. Wimmers is yet to sign but has until Aug. 16 to do so.