BBB 2017 Top Prospect Countdown #26: Dietrich Enns

When we discuss the Yankees farm system, we usually mention the obvious names in Jorge Mateo, Blake Rutherford, Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres amongst others and for good reason. That being said, the bottom half of our top-30 list is full of guys who can be big time Major League contributors down the line. And not just down the line, but right now. Dietrich Enns fits that mold.
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Enns was a 19th round draft pick back in 2012 and has had success at every level he’s pitched at. Enns isn’t a big strikeout guy and relies on his defense to play sound behind him. He struck out just 124 batters across 135 innings in 2016 and just 55 batters went down via the strikeout in 58.2 ’15 innings.

In 344.1 career minor league innings, Enns has posted an impressive 1.86 ERA while recording a 1.10 WHIP. Enns really put himself on the map when he dominated at Triple-A last season.  In 14 games at Triple-A alone, 10 starts, Enns yielded just 11 earned runs in 65 innings. All those aforementioned numbers are some you’d suspect of one of the top prospects in baseball.

It was pretty peculiar that Enns didn’t receive a call-up in September when rosters expanded due to his dominance, but his age definitely has something to do with it. 2016 was Enns 25-year old season, meaning he’ll be playing most of his 2017 campaign at 26. However, now that he is on the 40-man roster, his age shouldn’t prevent the Yankees from giving him a chance to pitch in the big leagues at some point this season.

It’s a cruddy situation for Enns to be in, and kind of unfair if we’re being honest. Enns is older than your typical prospect, but talent is talent. He’s shown at every level that whether he’s starting games or coming out of the pen, he gets outs.

Scranton Wilkes-Barre will be happy to have him for the 2017 campaign, and seeing how he’s is on the Yanks 40-man roster, Enns should make his Major League debut this season. And if as he continues pitching lights out, that call may come sooner rather than later. But unfortunately for him, time is not on his side. If we do see Enns in the bigs at some point in 2017, expect the Jamie Moyer comparisons to fly.

Article by: James Grande


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