The Yankees have plenty of prospects whose names everyone knows. Those guys are the ones that fans follow closely and anxiously await promotions for. However, there are some names that fly under the radar even though their results demand a closer look. Left-handed pitcher Dietrich Enns is one of those players.
Enns was promoted to Triple-A on Saturday after a fantastic start to his 2016 season at Double-A Trenton. In 34.2 innings so far this year, Enns has pitched to a 1.82 ERA with a 1.30 WHIP and 34 strikeouts. Those are really good numbers, to state the obvious, but it's really just more of the same for Enns.
In 244 minor league innings for the Yankees, Enns has 1.92 ERA. He has allowed six home runs ever, and four of them came in 2013. He has held opposing batters to a .193 average since joining the Yankees in 2012. All of his numbers are just incredibly impressive.
The one thing Enns doesn't have on his side is time. He turns 25 on Monday and is just now reaching the highest level of the minors. Part of that is because he is a Tommy John surgery survivor, undergoing the procedure back in 2014 as a member of the Tampa Yankees.
Enns was named the Eastern League Player of the Month for April after not allowing a single run all month in 23.2 innings. His scoreless streak was good enough to set a new record for the Thunder. He also took a no-hitter into the sixth inning last month, one day after his team pitched a combined no-hitter. Enns also already has an 11-strikeout game to his name so far this year.
There is really little to no hype around Enns, and he certainly doesn't have the ceiling that fans could look forward to with Luis Severino. However, the Yankees' are going to need starters as long as their rotation is shaky and injury-prone. Those options may may not be overly glamorous, but Enns has done a lot to show that he's at least worth the consideration. How Enns is able to adjust to Triple-A should tell the team and fans a lot about his ability to contribute in the future at the big league level.