Twins Daily 2020 Top Prospects: #10 RHP Blayne Enlow
Image courtesy of Steve Buhr (graphics by Brock Beauchamp)Age: 20 (DOB: 3-21-1999)
2019 Stats (Low-A/High-A): 110.2 IP, 3.82 ERA, 95/38 K/BB, 1.27 WHIP
2019 Ranking: 9
2018 Ranking: 8
National Top 100 Rankings
BA: NR |MLB: NR | ATH: NR |BP: NR
What’s To Like
Enlow continued to make positive strides and grow as a player in 2019. He worked hard and gained about ten pounds in muscle over the year. While he still sits in the low-90s, he more frequently hit 93 and 94 mph. Enlow was well known on the national prospect circuit and with Team USA for his breaking pitches, and they both can be good. He’s got a nice, slower, 12-6 type of curveball. He also throws a really sharp slider that breaks just a couple of inches but very sharp with late movement. He throws an occasional changeup as well. He also tunnels the ball very well, which can add some deception for the hitter.
One thing that he worked on in the last year was improving his command. He had pretty good control, but he really wanted to focus on hitting spots within the strike zone as well.
After spending the 2018 season in Cedar Rapids, he went back to Iowa to start the 2019 season. In eight starts, his strikeout rate went from 6.8 K/9 to 9.6 K/9. He was promoted to Ft. Myers where he made 13 more appearances. He went 4-4 with a 3.38 ERAand a 1.21 WHIP. His strikeout rate came back down a bit with the promotion, but he pitched much better and more consistently.
What’s Left To Work On
Consider that Enlow would just now be entering his junior season at LSU had he not signed with the Twins. At just 20, he’s working on everything and still has a lot of room for improvement. Each of his pitches can still get a little sharper. As that happens, the strikeout rate should rise.
He remains projectable and could add more velocity to his fastball. His breaking pitches, with just a little more crispness, could become plus-plus pitches. And he continues to work on the changeup, as well as his control and command.
At the highest level, for Enlow, it’s really about developing more consistency with each of his pitches, from game to game and even from inning to inning.
After splitting the 2019 season between Cedar Rapids and Ft. Myers, expect Enlow to spend about half of the season with the Mighty Mussels in 2020. He should spend the second half of the season in Pensacola.
Sure, he’s a Twins Daily Top 10 prospect again, but it sure feels like Enlow is primed for a breakout season in 2020. He has put in the work. He has matured, and he is confident. Expect him to make a move up this list in a year.
Twins Daily 2020 Top 20 Prospects
20. Jose Miranda, 3B/2B
19. Cole Sands, RHP
18. Travis Blankenhorn, 2B/LF
17. Misael Urbina, OF
16. Edwar Colina, RP
15. Matt Canterino, RHP
14. Matt Wallner, OF
13. Wander Javier, SS
12. Gilberto Celestino, OF
11. Lewis Thorpe, LHP
10. Blayne Enlow, RHP
Stop by tomorrow for prospect #9!
Get to know more about Enlow and about another 170 minor league players in the 2020 Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook.
ORDER NOW: 2020 Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook (paperback, $17.99)
ORDER NOW: 2019 Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook (eBook, $12.99)
The 2020 Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook goes in-depth and provides player bios, scouting reports, statistics and much more on about 170 Twins minor leaguers.
- MN_ExPat and DannySD like this