No doubt Trevor Bauer is on a collision course with the major leagues.
The top prospect is blowing away Double-A hitters. He’s got a clear path to the major leagues if Josh Collmenter continues to struggle. However, perhaps there’s another guy that D-Backs fans are familiar with that might get a shot first. Ranked as the 1oth and 11th best D-Backs prospect in 2008 and 2009 by Baseball America, Barry Enright has had a couple of stints in the big leagues. He followed up a solid 2010, with an awful showing last year when he was 1-4 with a 7.41 ERA. With Bauer, and fellow prospects Tyler Skaggs and Patrick Corbin, getting close to being major league ready, Enright is a forgotten man.
Just don’t tell that to him. At Triple-A Reno, Enright is 2-1 with a 1.75 ERA in 25.1 innings. Batters are hitting just .198 against him with an impressive 1.05 WHIP. If Enright doesn’t get the first shot at the majors from the list of likely minor league candidates, he offers the D-Backs a nice trade piece if they should look to add a bat later in the seaosn.
If a decision for a new starter occurs, Kirk Gibson and company are going to have to decide if they’re going with experience (Enright), potential (Bauer) or would prefer a lefty (Corbin). If Enright continues to shine at Triple-A–to the dismay of Bauer hungry fans–he’s definitely worked himself into the conversation.