Over the next few coming weeks we will be talking about Rule 5 draft eligible candidates, and Yankee 40 man roster decisions they have. The rule 5 draft is a process where players who have 4 or 5 years (depending on when you were signed) of experience that are not added to the 40 man roster are eligible to be taken in the rule 5 draft. I will be giving you my prediction on whether they will make the roster, or not. Also, when we could expect to see certain players.
Today’s Rule 5 Draft Candidate For A 40 Man Spot Is Dietrich Enns:
Dietrich Enns was drafted in 2012 with the 19th round pick from Central Michigan. He was originally signed as a relief pitcher, and in 2014 would have Tommy John surgery. The lefty came back and pitched magnificent over his tenure in the Yankee farm system though. Over his 5 years in the Yankee system he owns a career ERA of 1.87 over 342.1 innings pitched.
Last season he posted a 0.61ERA over 58.2 innings pitched in his first chance starting. The Yankees were obviously impressed and he would start this season out in AA Trenton. After going 7-2 with a 1.93ERA in 70 innings the Yankees promoted him to AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre where he would continue to dominate. Posting a 7-2 record in AAA as well he pitched to the tune of a 1.57ERA over 63 innings pitched.
With numbers like that any 24 year old would typically be getting the call to the majors; however, Enns story is a little different. The knock on him is that they are not impressed with his stuff. His fastball sits anywhere between 88-92MPH. He has an average slider, and a curveball that he uses as a get me over pitch. The pitch that Enns has mastered though is his change up. His change up is a true put away pitch that sits in the low 80’s. He controls the break to all parts of the plate, and uses his baseball IQ to outsmart hitters.
Last season Enns was available in the rule 5 draft, but no one took him. When you have someone in the minors who puts up numbers like Enns put up last season it’s mind numbing no one took a chance on him. The only thing that comes to mind is that he didn’t have a lot of experience starting prior to last season. With that being said the Yankees recently moved Enns to the bullpen to keep down his innings. After all last season he only pitched 58.2 innings the Yankees were uncomfortable letting him go much more than 130 innings.
I believe that the telling sign for Enns was that the Yankees put him in the pen to save his innings. After putting together another season where he had arguably the best numbers of any Yankee minor leaguer. I see no way the Yankees can keep him off the roster. Another contributing factor to keep him is that the Yankees are thin in pitching. I believe Enns is protected and given a chance to show what he has in 2017 Yankee spring training. He deserves it. Regardless of what people think about your stuff you can’t put a value on baseball IQ, and baseball smarts. In this day and age where a pitcher is defined by their “stuff” it’s easy to over shadow a pitchers brain on the mound. Below is a video showcasing his arm.