Interview with Yankees pitching prospect Dietrich Enns


For those of you who don't know him, Dietrich Enns was drafted in the 19th round of the 2012 draft and after making his debut with the Staten Island Yankees, the left-handed reliever started the 2013 season in Low-A Charleston. There, he posted a ridiculous 0.61 ERA with a 1.24 FIP and an astronomical 14.01 K/9 in 44.1 innings. He was a Sally League All-Star, has since been promoted to High-A Tampa, and is getting a chance in the rotation. Enns was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.

What has been the greatest moment of your professional career so far?

I don't think I can pinpoint one specific game but it's always a good feeling getting promoted and it makes me want to work even harder.

How did it feel being selected to the Sally League All-Star team? How did it feel to be promoted?

It was a cool feeling being selected to the All-Star Game. I was excited to go and pitch against the top guys in the league. Great feeling being promoted. A lot of excitement to go out and prove that I can compete at this level.

To what do you owe your success at Charleston this season?

I owe a lot to our pitching coordinator Gil Patterson and pitching coach Danny Borrell for helping me fine tune my slider and make it more effective. They've helped me mentally as well, to go out there with a single focus every time.

What's the biggest difference between the South Atlantic League and the Florida State League?

The biggest difference between leagues is hitters take advantage of poorly executed pitches better.

What is the biggest difference between being a reliever and being a starter?

The difference between starting and relieving is that with starting you need to have good command of all your pitches to be able to go through the lineup a few times. As a reliever you may only pitch 1-2 innings so whatever is working on that day you kind of have to run with it.

What do you think is the strongest part of your game? What do you want to work on?

Strongest part of my game would be my ability to slow the game down and focus on one thing at a time. And I have lots of things to work on haha, but one thing I'm really focusing on is my fastball command

I want to thank Dietrich Enns for taking the time to talk to us. You can follow him on Twitter @DietrichEnns.

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