Diamondbacks Prospect Profile: Barry Enright

Last summer, Barry Enright became the highest-drafted Pepperdine player since Noah Lowry and Dan Haren were selected in the first and second rounds of the 2001 draft. As this year's draft approaches, we examine this right-hander who doesn't have flashy stuff, but who nevertheless amazes all who watch him.


Name: Barry Enright
Draft: 73rd Overall, 2007
Position: Right Handed Pitcher
DOB: 3/30/1986
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 220 lbs
B/T: R/R

History: Drafted during his junior year, Barry Enright nevertheless ranks second on Pepperdine's all-time wins list (35-8), first in fewest walks allowed per nine innings (1.58), fourth in innings pitched (353.0) and second in games started (67).  Those rankings are made even more poignant by the fact that Enright wasn't even sure that he wanted to attend college, thinking he was ready for the pros out of Saint Mary's high school.

"Some kids are; I thought I was one of them," recalled Enright on his draft day.  "I've now learned the importance of coming to college and learning how to pitch to hitters, the work ethic it takes, and the on and off field stuff you have to do." 

"It's been a great experience.  I've had great teammates, great coaches, and they've helped me become the pitcher I am today."

As if his college feats weren't enough, Enright played for three different Diamondbacks affiliates last season and did not allow an earned run at any of those levels.  He was then one of 20 Diamondbacks pitchers who reported to the Instructional League last September.  We asked Jon Hester, the most experienced of the four catchers at Instructs, which of those 20 impressed him the most.

"The one I saw that did the best was definitely Barry Enright," Hester replied without hesitation.  "He had really good command, a really good approach to the game, and a knowledge of how to approach hitters." 

Enright was then invited to major league spring training, where he learned the ropes from some of the best pitchers in the world.  He returned to Visalia this year after pitching for them in the 2007 playoffs, but hasn't enjoyed the success we might have predicted.      

"There's a lot of positives to understanding some adversity," said Tom Allison, the man responsible for drafting Enright in the second round.  "We'd like them all to go 20-0 and have a zero ERA, but there is a learning process that goes with the development."

05 Peprdne 19 10 1 4.62 18 18 0 97.1 115 57 50 10 26 52 1.45
06 Peprdne 20 13 2 4.05 21 20 0 124.1 145 64 56 14 22 68 1.34
07 Peprdne 21 12 5 1.99 18 18 0 131.1 117 38 29 8 14 91 1.00
  Yakima 21 0 0 0.00 5 0 0 8.0 4 0 0 0 3 12 0.88
  S Bend 21 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.50
  Visalia 21 0 0 0.00 4 0 1 5.0 3 1 0 0 2 4 1.00
08 Visalia* 22 4 3 5.37 11 11 0 55.1 77 36 33 6 13 47 1.63
Minor League Totals 0 0 4.22 21 0 2 70.1 85 37 33 6 18 64 1.46

*2008 stats through June 1

Statistics Courtesy of The Baseball Cube

Makeup: Scouts like Enright's solid build and effortless delivery in terms of how he will be able to hold up in a 5-6 month season.  So even though he hasn't started out well in 2008, the former star high school quarterback appears poised to finish strong.

More important than Enright's physical makeup is his mental acuity.  The Diamondbacks love how he approaches hitters, attacks the strike zone, and comports himself on a day-to-day basis.

"He's a lot like Tony Barnette in the fact that he has a lot of confidence in what he does on the mound," said Justin Brashear, who caught Enright at South Bend briefly last year.  "He just goes up there and pounds the strike zone.  I like his tempo up there on the mound; he keeps the guys involved on the infield."

"He's one of those character guys with know how and ability that we strive to find and give to our development people," concluded Allison.

Pitches:  Fastball, Slider, Curveball, and Changeup

Enright is primarily a fastball/slider pitcher, but that doesn't make him a power guy.

I'm not a 95-96 (MPH) guy," conceded Enright.  "I'm a little more of a control right-hander.  Throughout the years, I've worked on becoming a better pitcher.  I'll probably go 89-92, maybe 93."   He does have some downward movement on that fastball, but his ability to command it makes him dangerous.  His slider does not necessarily grade out as a plus pitch, though it has proven good  enough to retire A-ball hitters, at least.

Enright also tinkers with a curveball and a changeup, Neither of those offspeed offerings compares favorably to even that average slide piece.  But he is able to throw all four pitches for strikes, locating the fastball and slider with precision.  He also keeps all of his pitches down and gets ground balls when he needs them.   

Major League Clone: Brian Moehler

Prediction: Enright is the kind of pitcher who is almost certain to make the big leagues, but who is unlikely to become a superstar.  He will likely become a sloid #3 or #4 starter who eats innings.

ETA: Enright's struggles in Visalia are somewhat unexpected given his incredible 2007 season.  He's someone who does figure to perform better in pitcher's parks, so he will breeze through Double-A once he gets there.  He figures to3 hit the big leagues in late 2010 or early 2011.     

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