After selecting Royce Lewis, Brent Rooker, and Landon Leach yesterday in the first two rounds of the 2017 MLB Draft, the Twins kicked off Round Three today by selecting right-hander Blayne Enlow from St. Amant, Louisiana.
Enlow is 6-4, 180 lb high school right-hander born March 21st, 1999. He has a fastball in the 92-93 mph range, though he has reached 94 mph in the past as well. People think he will gain velocity as he gets bigger and older, since high schoolers do that, I guess. He also has a great curveball, which has been called one of best breaking pitches in the entire 2017 draft class.
If his fastball does gain velocity, he could maybe be a number two starter, but he general projects as a mid-rotation guy.
And look, there’s video!
The pick was a bit of a steal for the Twins, as some thought Enlow had the potential to be taken at the end of the first round of the draft. Minor League Ball ranked him as the 28th best prospect available this year, while Baseball America ranked him as the 12th best right-hander of the class.
Enlow has committed to Louisiana State, and there was some concern he would opt for college instead of signing if he wasn’t drafted in the first or second round. However, by not taking a big-name guy like Hunter Greene or Kyle Wright first overall, the Twins may have saved enough of their signing bonus pool to allow signing Enlow.
Oh, and then there’s this:
Proud to be apart of the Minnesota twins organization. All glory to the man above pic.twitter.com/SSRAyiddqW— Blayne Enlow (@BlayneBlaynee) June 13, 2017
Seems like he’s excited.