Blayne Enlow makes USA Today's Louisiana team
St. Amant’s Blayne Enlow is now a professional baseball player, but that doesn’t mean the accolades and recognition for his stellar high-school career have concluded.
Just last week, Enlow was bestowed with yet another honor as he was named to USA Today’s 2016-17 All-USA Louisiana Baseball Team. Enlow was the only Ascension Parish baseball star to make the team.
Not only did he make the squad, but he was a first-team selection.
You’d be hard-pressed to find an athlete that has had a better year than Enlow.
Just last summer, he was helping lead Ascension’s Gauthier & Amedee American Legion baseball team to the state semifinals and then making the 20-person roster of Team USA’s 18u squad.
Enlow was the only Louisiana player to make the team.
In the COPABE Pan American Games in Monterrey, Mexico, Enlow had a big impact in his team’s run for the gold medal.
Throughout the course of the tournament, Enlow pitched 13 innings that resulted in five hits, no runs, just three walks and nine strikeouts.
Enlow eventually signed with LSU in November, after being committed with the Tigers since the previous summer.
When the high-school baseball season rolled around, LSU wasn’t the only team captivated by Enlow’s game.
He began to garner the attention of hordes of Major League Baseball scouts as he helped lead the Gators to the second round of the playoffs with a 5-3 overall record and a sensational 1.00 ERA. Enlow added a superb 101 strikeouts.
For his achievements, he was named District 5-5A MVP and Parish Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season. He was also named first-team All-State.
Heading into the MLB draft, Enlow’s name was being mentioned with some of the best prospects—high school and college—in the nation. Many said that he had the best curve ball of anyone in the country.
MLB.com ranked him as the 29th-best prospect, and ESPN’s Keith Law ranked him as high as No. 14.
When the draft came around, Enlow fell to pick No. 76, the first pick of the third round. The Minnesota Twins acquired him and offered him a lucrative deal that he could not deny.
Enlow decided to walk away from his commitment to LSU and join the franchise. Just two weeks later, he officially signed a deal with the Twins reportedly worth $2 million.
With his signing, he joins an impressive list of former St. Amant baseball stars that went on to play Major League Baseball. This list includes Ben and Andy Sheets, Kim Batiste and Reid Brignac.
After signing, Enlow told Twins Daily, “The biggest challenge will probably be being away from home and meeting the new players, but what sets me apart is that I will work harder than anyone on the field, and I always give it my all.”