Dietrich Enns is a left-handed starting pitcher. He attended Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort, IL before going to Central Michigan University. That is from where the New York Yankees drafted him in the 19th round of the 2012 MLB June amateur draft.
He signed immediately and reported to the short-season Staten Island Yankees out of the NY-Penn League. He threw 42.2 innings, all out of relief. He posted an ERA of 2.11.
In 2013, Enns began the season with the Charleston River Dogs where he was dominating the league while coming out of the bullpen before earning a promotion to Tampa. Overall, he pitched 82.2 innings with an ERA of 2.94. He earned mid-season All-Star honors with Charleston.
He returned to Tampa in 2014, picking up where he had left off the year before in Charleston, completely mastering the competition working out of relief. Through May, he had an ERA of 1.42 in 25.1 innings of work. That’s when he was shut down. He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery to repair his ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.
13 months after initially injuring his arm, Enns returned to the mound on a rehab assignment in the Gulf Coast League, before again returning to Tampa. He completed 2015 having accumulated 58.2 innings and pitching to an ERA of 0.61, now as a starter.
Enns began 2016 completely healthy at AA Trenton, going 7-2 with an ERA of 1.93 in 70 innings before being promoted to AAA Scranton in July. In Scranton, he matched his record from Trenton, again going 7-2, but improved upon his ERA, posting a 1.52 in 65 innings. Overall, he combined to go 14-4 with a 1.73 ERA in 135 innings. Amongst his accolades, he again earned mid-season All-Star as well as Eastern League Player of the Month for April.
In November, the Yankees added Enns to the team’s 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. His 6’1” frame produces a fastball that ranges from 89-93. He also throws an effective slider and an occasional slider. He throws with a deceptive delivery, which appears to add velocity to his pitches.
Enns is listed as the Yankees’ 24th ranked prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. Going into 2017, Enns figures to begin the season at Scranton. He likely will be one of the first pitchers promoted to the Bronx in case of injury or ineffectiveness. His estimated innings limit this season should be somewhere around 160.
A lot has been mentioned regarding the future of the Yankees’ rotation. CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda are going to be free agents at season’s end. Masahiro Tanaka has an opt-out clause in his contract, meaning he too may be gone after the season. If Enns has a solid season, he has the inside track of being the next home-grown lefty in the mold of Andy Eugene Pettitte. Yankees fans should get prepared to see Dietrich Enns this year and for years to come