29 June 2010
As expected, the Diamondbacks are going to push Edwin Jackson
's start back a day or two, and call up a minor leaguer to take his place. The surprise, however, is that the Diamondbacks decided to bypass the AAA starting pitchers and will call up AA starter Barry Enright
. Enright, a 24 year old right hander, is having the best season of his young career with the Mobile Bay Bears, currently posting a 4-1 record with a 2.88 ERA. More impressively, Enright has struck out 83 batters in 93.2 IP while walking only 15, giving him an impressive 5.53 K/BB ratio. That ratio is the best in the entire organization for starting pitchers, just ahead of Dan Haren
Enright, a 6'-3" 220 lb right handed pitcher, was a 2nd round pick in 2007 by the Diamondbacks, out of Pepperdine University. After the draft, he made five starts with Northwest League Yakima, and then was quickly moved up to Midwest League South Bend and then to Visalia in the California League. He spent the entire 2008 season with High A Visalia, and then all of 2009 with AA Mobile. Despite a solid 10-9, 3.98 season in 2009, Enright was again assigned to Mobile for 2010. Despite Enright's decent overall record in 2009, he only struck out 5.9K/9 in 2009, with 2.1 BB/9, a ratio of only 2.78. In 2010, however, Enright has significantly increased his strikeouts while reducing his walks allowed.
Limiting walks is a big key to Enright's success. For his career in the minors, he has only walked 1.9 batters per nine innings. His career strikeout rate of 7.3K/9 is solid, but there are concerns as to whether he can maintain that rate as he advances to the Majors. He doesn't throw very hard, with a fastball around 90 mph, but has excellent command within the strike zone. Although Enright has done an OK job limiting home runs in the minors (career rate of 0.9 HR/9), he has allowed fly balls at around a 40% rate, which is always a concern for pitchers in Chase Field. His overall ground-ball/fly-ball ratio is around 1.0. Enright has been pitching very well in his last several starts - over his last seven games, he has struck out 51 batters while walking only 5. During this recent stretch, Enright has a 3-0 record with a 2.39 ERA, and has averaged seven innings per start.
One other interesting thing about Enright - he is an excellent hitter. This year in AA, Enright is batting .280, and over his minor league career, he has an impressive .356/.406/.542 line in 68 career plate appearances.
2010 Stats: 4-1. 2.88 ERA, 1.025 WHIP, 93.2 IP, 83K, 15 BB, 9 HRA