Late Wednesday evening, the Minnesota Twins announced that they would be making a call up for Thursday’s game
The Minnesota Twins announced on Wednesday evening as the game against the Brewers came to a close that announced starter Kyle Gibson would be moved back one day and they would be making a call up of a player they had just acquired a few weeks prior.
The Twins traded recently-acquired Jaime Garcia for Dietrich Enns and Zack Littell on July 30th. Enns has missed nearly two months this season due to injury, but he’s thrown very well when healthy, making 9 appearances in the minor leagues (8 of them with AAA and one rehab appearance), throwing 51 1/3 innings, with a 2.10 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and a 12/51 BB/K ratio.
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Enns stands 6’1″ tall and is listed at 210 pounds. He was originally drafted by the Yankees out of college at Central Michigan in 2012 in the 19th round. He was a dominant reliever in college, but the Yankees converted him to a starter after returning from Tommy John surgery in 2015, and he’s done very well in that conversion.
Enns works with a fastball that works up into the 93-94 range, but usually sits around 90. He gets excellent movement on his fastball, and he mixes in three offspeed pitches in a slider, curve, and change that all are average pitches and can flash above-average in quality.
Enns gets excellent deception in his delivery, making his stuff tough to pick up, and he repeats his delivery very well, allowing him to get good consistency on his location. Enns’ movement on all of his pitches has led to some issues with his walk rate in his minor league career, though he’s done tremendously better since moving to starting, keeping his walk rate under 6% this season.
Expectations for Enns
Enns is not a guy who will likely be an “ace” type of starter, but his ability to consistently repeat his delivery and locate four pitches will allow him to have success in going deep into games for the Minnesota Twins as a #4/5 starter. As a member of the 40-man roster currently, it’s an excellent idea for the Twins to get an idea of what they have in Enns before needing to make a roster decision on Enns this winter.