Dietrich Enns was absolutely incredible a year ago. His 14-4 record, 1.73 ERA, and 124 strikeouts speak for itself but control is a significant issue for the 25-year old kid and his arsenal is the kind that doesn’t usually translate to major league success.
His fastball sits at a mere 87-92 miles an hour and since his margin for error is so narrow with a velocity like that, his career walk rate is 3.6 BB/9 but his secondary pitches (like his slow-hooking curve) are phenomenal and there’s no arguing with results.
The Yankees got lucky that no team took him in last year’s Rule 5 Draft but they won’t get so fortunate this time around. Enns is currently not on the 40-man roster, which will have to be set by Friday.
Yes, last season was his first season back from Tommy John surgery but after fully recovering, he was downright nasty which had many people assuming he could break through and be used to help the big league club throughout 2017.
Thankfully, that prediction won’t change.
Enns has a significant chance of being selected if not protected. He has a major league approach to get hitters out and you simply cannot argue with his Triple-A success. Whichever team he enters camp with this February, barring any setbacks, Enns might make his MLB debut for that very team.