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Corey L. Wimberly

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Second baseman Corey Wimberly has won one minor league batting title and one minor league stolen base title.

Wimberly hit .420/.508/.527 with 52 runs in 42 games as a freshman in college in 2004. He won the Southwestern Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year Award and was named to the All-Conference Team at second base. He was second in the Conference in average and 9th in NCAA Division I. He tied for 10th in NCAA Division I with 40 steals while only being caught six times.

In 2005, Corey batted .462/.571/.606. He made the All-SWAC team, was named the Outstanding Hitter in the Conference and its Player of the Year. He had the highest average and OBP in NCAA Division I and he stole 42 bases in 38 games and 47 tries to finish 5th in NCAA Division I in swipes (everyone ahead of him played at least 8 more games). He scored 55 runs. He was the Collegiate Baseball Magazine All-American second baseman.

Wimberly was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the sixth round of the 2005 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Damon Iannelli and made his pro debut that summer with the Casper Rockies, leading the Pioneer League with a .381 batting average and 107 hits and finishing second in the circuit with 36 stolen bases, trailing Evan Tartaglia by two. His .427 OBP was second to Kenny Holmberg and his 58 runs were one behind leader Rusty Ryal. Wimberley had a .427 slugging percentage as power was his biggest problem. He bounced around the infield, playing mainly third base, as Eric Young Jr. manned his regular spot of second base. He still made the All-Star team at second base and was rated the #18 prospect in the league by Baseball America, right behind Mat Gamel.

The next year, he hit .325/.404/.383 and swiped 50 bases in 66 tries while with the Modesto Nuts. He led Rockies farmhands in OBP and tied Carlos Rivera for the best average; only Young stole more bases. He was second in the California League in steals (trailing Emilio Bonifacio) and OBP (behind Tim Brown) and would have been third in average had he qualified, two points behind Chris Rahl. Baseball America rated him as the fastest baserunner in the Cal League.

Wimberly was with the Tulsa Drillers in 2007, hitting .268/.323/.348 while leading the Texas League with 36 steals (in 45 tries). Baseball America again rated him as his league's fastest baserunner.

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