Enns A Reliable Reliever

Enns held righties to a .195 average this season

Dietrich Enns, one of the four left-handed pitchers on the Staten Island Yankees roster, stood out as one of the most reliable relievers in their bullpen. With a fire arm and a propensity for striking hitters out consistently, Enns played a vital role in the team's strong end to the season.

Enns was drafted this year as the Yankees' 19th round pick as a starter, but that momentum quickly changed after his first visit to Tampa. And for good reason.

"I think I got drafted as a starter, but I relived in college so it wasn't a new experience for me," Enns said. "They let on a little when I went down to Tampa that they would relieve me, so I kind of had an idea that I would be."

Enns finished his first minor league season with a 2-0 winning record. He pitched 42.2 total innings during which he racked up an impressive 33 strikeouts.

Staten Island pitching coach Carlos Chantres had much to say of Enns' arm.

"He threw nothing but strikes every time he went out, that's why he kept pitching in the games," he said.

Along side Enns, teammate and leftie pitcher, James Pazos was strikingly similar in relief performance. Together, the left-handed team provided the comfortable closure the Baby Bombers relied on in the last couple innings of each game.

"It's nice," Staten Island manager Justin Pope said of his reliable bullpen. "The bullpen is such a huge part of the game. If you can get your starters to go through five innings and you know you have bullpen help, it makes the game a lot easier."

"They came in throwing strikes. It was what we really needed," Chantres added of the leftie duo. "In this league if you have a quality bullpen, you can win games and be successful.

Enns explained that his transition to pro ball wasn't as easy as he expected.

"The hard part was being away from home," he started, "and the fact that you are throwing twice a day every day; once during practice and then again for the game. So that was a little bit of an adjustment I had to make early on in the summer."

But if he struggled with the adjustment, it wasn't evident behind his strong effort. Enns debuted sporting an already impressive changeup. As his best pitch, he was consistently able to get people out, and it has only improved.

"My circle changeup is my best pitch," Enns confirmed at the beginning of the short-A season. After three months training with the Staten Island team he concluded, "that's (changeup) still one of my best pitches. I can get a lot of hitters out with that."

Chantres agrees that his changeup is his strongest asset.

"His changeup is way better than when he came in. But it has been his best pitch," he said.

In addition to the development of his best pitch, his fastball has come a long way. Having gained velocity and improved command, it has become his go-to strikeout pitch.

"The development is good! He added a few more miles an hour two it, about one or two. But for me it was the quality of the strikes he threw," Chantres said of his fastball.

"My Fastball is good too. I've gotten a lot better control with it," Enns agreed.

Going into off season, Enns is already excited for the spring. According to Chantres, although you can't be completely positive of what comes next, he thinks big things could be in store for both Enns and his left-handed teammate.

"I feel good. I'm glad that we were able to put a little streak in at the end and finish strong" Enns stated after pitching his final game in Staten Island. "I'm going into the offseason with some momentum and hopefully it gets better… and we hit the ground running in spring training next year.

"Who knows. This has been my first go around. I'm looking forward to Spring Training and seeing how things go there… and then go from there."

"If I had to guess, I would think they are going to start in Charleston next year," Chantres predicted of both pitchers. "And then depending on what they do there [pause]… they have a long career ahead of them. They are lefties; they throw strikes; they throw in the nineties; so I mean it is really up to them how high they can go."

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