JUSTIN ENNIS
LEFT HANDED PITCHER
Born: April 20, 1988
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 210
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Drafted: 33rd Round, 987th Overall, 2010
How Acquired: Draft
College: LSU-Shreveport
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Ennis was a first team NAIA All-American in 2010.  He still had a year of college eligibility left, but signed right after the draft.  He throws only in the mid-80s, but he has a good change.  In 2012, he started throwing a knuckleball.

2010
A-:  2-2-2, 5.53 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 27.2 IP, 1.3 BB/9, 7.2 K/9
A:  1-1-0, 6.35 ERA, 2.29 ERA, 5.2 IP, 4.8 BB/9, 7.9 K/9

Pitched in relief for State College after signing, with a few fill-in appearances for West Virginia.  With the Spikes, Ennis had a 3.62 groundout to air out ratio, with a good walk and decent K rate, but he got hit very hard, as opponents batted .316 against him.

2011
A-:  0-0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 2.1 IP, 3.9 BB/9, 3.9 K/9
A:  5-2-2, 4.03 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 44.2 IP, 2.8 BB/9, 5.8 K/9

Ennis spent the first 2+ months in extended spring training, pitched twice at State College, then went to West Virginia, where he pitched out of the bullpen the rest of the season.  The results were similar to 2010, but sightly better.  For one thing, he got his opponents’ average down to .282, although that’s still not good.  His ERA improved as the season went along, from 6.59 in July to 3.00 in August and September, but his peripheral numbers improved only a little.  He was more effective against left-handed batters, with a .250 BA and 14:2 K:BB, compared to .297 and 15:12 against right-handed batters.

2012
A-:  0-0-0, 6.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, 9.0 IP, 4.0 BB/9, 6.0 K/9
A:  0-0-0, 5.79 ERA, 2.14 WHIP, 9.1 IP, 4.8 BB/9, 7.7 K/9

Ennis opened the season in West Virginia and pitched poorly.  The Pirates sent him to extended spring training, where he picked up a knuckleball.  He went to State College for eight games and struggled with the new pitch, then got hurt.

It remains to be seen whether the knuckleball will help Ennis get out of the low levels of the system.  Where he opens next year will probably depend on how much progress the Pirates believe he’s made with the pitch.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com

NAIA
W-L-Sv
G
GS
IP
H
HR
BB
K
BB/9
K/9
WHIP
OAVG
ERA
2008
7-3-2
19
11
72.2
90
9
27
45
3.3
5.6
1.61
.304
5.70
2009
9-1-0
18
15
107.0
104
7
25
78
2.1
6.6
1.21
.249
3.11
2010
12-0-0
15
15
94.2
84
5
32
92
3.0
8.7
1.23
.237
2.85
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2013: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2010
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2016
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2013
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 9, 2010: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 33rd round, 987th overall pick; signed on June 14.