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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Scouting Report, RHP Barry Enright (2nd time in 2 weeks)

The 24-year old Right-hander Barry Enright was a second-round pick in 2007 out of Pepperdine, where he was the 73rd pick, which was the highest Pepperdine player drafted since 2001 (former teammate Dan Haren and former big leaguer Noah Lowry). Enright made his major league debut June 30 by limiting the Cardinals to one run in five innings in a 101-pitch performance.

Enright is a pure finesse pitcher who survives by mixing up four average pitches. He throws an upper-80s fastball that occasionally hits 91, and three secondary pitches (curve, slider, changeup) that all rate as average, with his change-up being a plus pitch. He throws all of his pitches for strikes and at any point in the count, succeeding on the ability to paint the corners and keep hitters off balance. He has a big frame (6'3" 220 pounds), clean mechanics, and no injury history of note. This year in the minors, he had 10 quality starts in his 14 starts, striking out a solid 8 per 9, and walking only 1.4 W/9. He had gone seven innings in his last eight starts before making his major league debut. He's a fly-ball pitcher who has little margin for error, especially in Chase Field. He uses his slider as his strike out pitch.

He's made five starts this year, and is 2-2 in 29 2/3 innings with a 2.73 ERA and 1.28 WHIP.  He's walked 10 in the 29 2/3 innings, and allowed three home runs (including Josh Thole). He threw 8 impressive innings versus the Mets on July 20th, allowing only one run in the 8th, and only five hits and one walk, while striking out eight (career high). In his last start versus the Giants, he threw 6 innings, allowed 8 hits, 3 walks and 2 earned runs, while striking out only 2.

Most scouts label his upside as a #5 starter, and is a "lesser Ian Kennedy." He was the Diamondbacks #11 prospect before and after the 2008 season according to Baseball Prospectus, but was not in the top 30 in this year's Baseball America Prospect Handbook.

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