Twins Daily 2019 Top Prospects: #9 Blayne Enlow
Age: 19 (DOB: 3-21-1999)
2018 Stats (Low-A): 94.0 IP, 3.26 ERA, 71/35 K/BB, 1.37 WHIP
2018 Ranking: 8
National Top 100 Rankings
BA: NR |MLB: NR | ESPN: NR |BP: NR
What’s To Like
Enlow could be entering his sophomore season at LSU but Minnesota was able to steal him in the third round of the 2017 Draft. They had to go over slot to get him, but the team wanted him badly enough to make the move. It also helped that the club had saved some money on signing Royce Lewis with the number one overall pick.
In his professional debut, Enlow burst onto the scene with the GCL Twins. He posted a 1.33 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP in 20.1 innings. He only allowed three earned runs and he posted 19 to 4 strikeout to walk ratio. It certainly seemed like the Twins aggressive draft strategy was paying off.
Minnesota continue to be aggressive with Enlow in 2018. Instead of pitching for the E-Twins, he was bumped up to Cedar Rapids. In his last 10 appearances (53.1 IP), he had a 2.36 ERA and a 40 to 17 strikeout to walk ratio. His inning total increased over the season’s final months and he ended August with an 8.9 K/9 mark.
His fastball can reach the mid-90s and his curveball continues to be a strong pitch. When he was drafted, MLB.com’s Jim Callis called it the best curveball in the draft. That placed him ahead of multiple college arms. His delivery allows him to put a lot of movement on his pitches.
What’s Left To Work On
He has a good one-two punch with his fastball and curveball, but he needs time to continue to develop other secondary pitches. He worked on a changeup this season and hopes are that he will be able to continue to work on his secondary pitches as he continues to pitch more professional innings. He continues to have the opportunity to grow into a better pitcher, which should come as he works his way through the system.
During the 2018 campaign, Enlow was placed on the DL multiple times with muscle strains. His highest pitch total was 87 last year and he reached that total on three separate occasions. Other than that, there were only three other times he crossed the 80-pitch mark. Enlow averaged just under 67 pitches per game. He should get stretched out even more during the coming season.
By pitching deeper into games, Enlow will get the opportunity to work more regularly on his secondary pitches. This will make him a stronger pitching prospect as he pitches his way towards Target Field.
After spending last season in Cedar Rapids, Enlow should spend all of 2019 pitching for Fort Myers. Minnesota will continue to take their time with Enlow since he is young and continuing to work with his secondary pitches. At this point, it is about him adding strength to his frame and building up his innings totals.
Starting pitching continues to evolve, especially with addition of openers and more frequent use of bullpen options. By the time Enlow makes it to the big leagues, starting pitchers might only be asked to make it through the line-up a couple of times. With his top two pitches, he might be a dangerous arm no matter what role he is given.
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