During Blayne Enlow's sophomore year at St. Amant, he shattered his pelvis. With his talent, drive and determination, he made sure the injury would never shatter his dreams.
During Blayne Enlow’s sophomore year at St. Amant, he shattered his pelvis. With his talent, drive and determination, he made sure the injury would never shatter his dreams.
Now, more than two years later, those dreams have been fulfilled.
After being selected 76th overall by the Minnesota Twins in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft, Enlow is on his way to becoming yet another St. Amant baseball player to make it to the big leagues.
He will soon join a prestigious list that includes Kim Batiste, Reid Brignac, and Ben and Andy Sheets.
Enlow certainly has the resume. He’s a two-time District 5-5A MVP, two-time Parish Pitcher of the Year, two-time first-team All-State selection and a gold medalist, but many high-schoolers across the country match those accolades and never sniff an MLB contract.
Enlow has the physical tools to be a future starter for the Twins.
He already stands at 6-foot-4, and though there is only 180 pounds on that frame, he’s still young. Once big-league strength and conditioning coaches and his body’s natural maturation take effect, he’ll certainly look the part physically.
The whole reason he was so highly-coveted among MLB scouts was his rare arm talent.
Many have said that Enlow has the best breaking ball of any high-school pitching prospect in the country.
His overall velocity wasn’t quite what it was last season, but he did get into the low-90s. He has peeked at 94.
I don’t think there’s any question that once he packs 10-20 pounds onto his frame, his velocity will rise.
Unfortunately for Enlow, to achieve his dream and take the Twins’ offer, he had to walk away from his commitment with LSU.
Enlow ended his recruitment process early as he quickly jumped on a scholarship offer from the Tigers during the summer following his sophomore season. This was his first year as a starter and a season where he was coming off of the pelvis injury.
He never wavered, even as his stock continued to rise and scouts continued to be enamored with his skillset.
Enlow officially signed with the Tigers back in November. At the ceremony, you wouldn’t find another guy happier to be on his way to playing in Alex Box Stadium as a member of the LSU pitching staff.
But then came the pro scouts.
There was interest before, but they came out of the woodworks this past season.
For every start, it seemed like there was a bus-load of pro scouts converging on the park to analyze every pitch.
I remember his first start of the season against University, the whole section of stands in front of the press box was filled with nothing but MLB scouts. I would look down as Enlow threw each pitch and see about 30 speedometers being raised.
He didn’t do anything to discourage their attention.
If you take away some late-game fatigue in his first start against University, he was dominant all season.
When he was on the mound, he gave St. Amant a chance to beat anyone.
Unfortunately, with the Gators struggling to find consistent hitting and error-free fielding, his 5-3 win-loss record didn’t reflect just how good he really was, but his 1.00 ERA and 101 strikeouts sure did.
The hard work paid off as Enlow headed into the MLB Draft as one of the top prospects—high school or college. MLB.com had him ranked No. 29; ESPN’s Keith Law had him ranked as high as 14th.
It’s really astounding that he dropped so far in the draft. Many teams may have passed because of how strongly he was committed to LSU.
Finally, with the 76th pick (first of the third round), the Twins snagged him.
The estimated value of that pick is over $755,000, but it is reported that Minnesota offered him a $2 million bonus in order to convince him to walk away from his LSU offer.
Enlow wasted no time on Twitter proclaiming that he was “proud to be a part of the Minnesota Twins organization.”
It was really a win-win for Enlow.
If he decided to go to school, he could have pretty much become an immediate starter for one of the premier college programs in the country.
As sweet as that deal is, it’s hard for anyone—especially an 18-year-old kid—to turn down $2 million and the chance to be a professional baseball player.
There’s no doubt he’ll do the St. Amant community proud.