Blayne Enlow taken in third round of MLB Draft
The 2017 Major League Baseball Draft already saw some excitement for Louisiana fans as LSU Tigers Alex Lange and Greg Deichmann were drafted in the first two rounds, but the enthusiasm only increased on Tuesday for those in Ascension.
With the first pick of the day, a parish product and an LSU signee in St. Amant ace pitcher Blayne Enlow was drafted 76th overall (third round) by the Minnesota Twins.
Enlow has garnered serious attention from college and professional scouts ever since the end of his sophomore season at St. Amant.
He committed to LSU that summer, and he certainly lived up to his high billing during his junior season, when he helped lead the Gators to the state quarterfinals.
Enlow went 6-4 that year with a superb 1.54 ERA and 93 strikeouts.
This led to him being named District 5-5A MVP and Parish Pitcher of the Year. He was also an All-State selection.
During the summer, even more accomplishments laid ahead for Enlow.
After helping lead Ascension’s Gauthier & Amedee American Legion team to the semifinals, he was then selected to travel to Carry, N.C., to compete against 107 of the best high-school baseball players in the country for the privilege of representing Team USA.
Enlow made the first roster cut as the field was trimmed down to just 40. He was the only player from Louisiana to accomplish that feat.
Next, he traveled to Houston, Texas, where the roster was reduced to the final 20 players. Enlow made the final cut and officially became part of Team USA.
In doing so, he joined the likes of MLB Hall of Famer John Smoltz, perennial All-Star Bryce Harper and 2014 AL MVP Mike Trout as guys that represented their country on the 18U squad.
In the COPABE Pan American Games in Monterrey, Mexico, Enlow had a big impact in his team’s run for the gold medal.
His best performance came in Team USA’s fourth game of the event. In a 6-5 victory over undefeated Nicaragua, Enlow came in, in relief, entering in the third inning.
He completed the rest of the contest—pitching seven innings and only allowing two hits, one unearned run and three walks. He struck out two batters.
Enlow also made a strong relief appearance in the game against Mexico. In the loss, he pitched six innings—allowing just three hits, no earned runs and no walks. Most impressively, he stuck out seven batters.
Throughout the course of the tournament, Enlow pitched 13 innings that resulted in five hits, no runs, just three walks and nine strikeouts.
Enlow officially signed with LSU in November, but he remained the target of serious attention from MLB scouts throughout his senior season. In some games, there were more than 20 in attendance.
In helping lead St. Amant to the second round of the playoffs this season, Enlow went 5-3 with a minuscule 1.00 ERA with 101 strikeouts.
He was again named District 5-5A MVP and Parish Pitcher of the Year, along with first-team All-State.
Heading into the draft, MLB.com had Enlow ranked as the 29th-best prospect.
They said of Enlow: “ He might have the best breaking ball in the 2017 high-school class, with low-80s power and 12-to-6 shape. He operated in the low 90s and hit 94 mph with his fastball early in games on the showcase circuit.
“The headliner in a standout Louisiana State recruiting class, Enlow has a loose, quick arm and a relatively easy delivery. He already fills the strike zone, so the only items on his to-do list are to get stronger and develop a changeup he hasn't needed yet. He has the upside of a frontline starter.”