Rankings Spotlight: Nic Enright, RHP, Steward School, 2015

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By Sammy Serrano

Director of Scouting

Nic Enright:  ranked #1 in Virginia and #44 Nationally

High School:
Steward School
Position: RHP
College Commitment: Virginia Tech

Get to know prospect Nic Enright...

PBR:  Tell us where you grew up, when did you start playing baseball, and who were your baseball influences and why? 

Enright:  I grew up in Richmond, VA, and I started playing baseball at the age of 7. I have been fortunate to be influenced by many great people throughout my baseball career. I was taught at a young age by all the coaches at the Richmond Baseball Academy, and coaches there like Donnie Phillips and my high school coach Bruce Secrest have molded me into the player I am today. I have also had Guy Hansen, former Kansas City Royals pitching coach and MLB scout, as my pitching coach throughout the years. 

PBR:  You have been receiving a lot of notoriety lately. How does it feel? 

Enright:  Recently, I have been named one of the top players in my state and in the country, and I am honored that I have been ranked as high as I am. It has all been a whirlwind since my outing in Jupiter, which really put me on the map, and I am just trying to take it all in and enjoy my senior year as much as possible. 

PBR:  You are committed to Virginia Tech. Tell us who were in your top three, your best offers, and why you chose the school you did? 

Enright:  The schools I had offers from were Virginia Tech and William and Mary, and I had considered Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia as well. My best offer, and the offer that I accepted, was from Virginia Tech. I grew up a Hokie fan, as my grandfather went there, and I fell in love with the school the first time I stepped on campus. Virginia Tech was also the first school to contact me in the recruiting process, and it was a dream come true when I was able to officially sign with them this past November. 

PBR:  We know you’re a very talented player. Tell us all about you.  What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Enright:  One of my strengths is that I attack the zone as a pitcher and I throw a lot of strikes. I also have good command of my off speed pitches, which I feel separates me from other high school pitchers with my velocity. One of my weaknesses, and something that I will be working on improving in the spring, is the continued development of my change up and slider. In the past I have fallen in the habit of being a 2-pitch pitcher, and although it has worked in the past, the sooner I can develop my third and fourth pitch the better. 

PBR:  You’re ranked in Virginia and Nationally by Prep Baseball Report VA/DC (PBR). How does that feel considering the size and talent in the state?

Enright:  It is an honor that I have been ranked as high as I am, and that I have been mentioned in the same breath as many other great players, both in my area and across the country. I am just happy to be a part of such a prestigious list filled with talented players.

PBR:  What's your training look like this winter? Goals for the spring?

Enright:  This winter I have continued my regimen of lifting 3 times a week and running 3 times a week. I have just recently started throwing, and I plan on having my first bullpen sometime this first week of January. Over the course of the fall and winter I have gone from weighing 200 to 210 lbs., and my goal is to be roughly 215 lbs. by the spring. I also want win another State Championship. 

PBR:  How was your high school season last year? Team record? Post season awards? Stats?

Enright:  Last year was a very good year for my school, as we won our first state championship since the baseball program was started 10 years ago. We went 18-5 overall, and that was after starting 1-3 through our first 4 games. I was fortunate enough to be Division II 1st Team All-state for the 3rd straight year, Richmond Times Dispatch 2nd Team All-Metro, and the Division II Co-Player of the Year. 

My stats for last year included: 8 wins, 1 save, 62 innings pitched, 74 strikeouts, an ERA of 1.90, and a WHIP of 0.93. 

PBR:  Preview your high school season? How will your team be this year? Expectations?

Enright:  I feel much more confident going into this year than I did going into last year. The comparison between where we are as a team now compared to last year is night and day. We lost two starting seniors, although those two players held major roles on our team (both were captains, playing shortstop and center field), I feel very confident that the players we have will step up and fill their shoes this year. Our lineup is also deeper than it has been in the past couple years, and I feel, barring injuries, we are poised to make a 2nd straight State Title run.  

PBR:  How are your academics? GPA? ACT? SAT? Any academic awards?

Enright:  I have taken mostly honors classes throughout my 4 years in high school at Steward, and I have held a 4.0 cumulative GPA. My SAT score is a 1780, and my ACT score is a 26. 

PBR:  Who is the best player you will see this spring? Best team?

Enright:  The best player I will face will probably be Jalen Harrison, a Virginia outfield commit from St. Anne's-Belfield. The best team we will face this upcoming year is the Miller School. We played them twice in the regular season last year, where we split the series, before facing off in the State championship. They were a young team, and they return a bulk of their players the same way we do. I know we as a team are looking forward to some great battles between ourselves and the team coached by Major League great Billy Wagner. 

PBR:  What is the most memorable moment in your baseball career to this point?

Enright:  I have had many memorable experiences; from throwing at the Perfect Game LakePoint Complex in Georgia, to throwing at the Reds/Marlins spring training fields in Florida. But the greatest thrill I have had on the baseball field came from throwing a complete game, 10 strikeout, 2 hit shutout to win our school and my coach our first State Title. since the program was started 10 years ago. 

PBR:  Tell us something about yourself others don't know but would like to know.

Enright:  Something that most people do not know about me is that I used to catch and did not focus primarily on pitching until my freshman year. In 8th grade I actually was the team's first-string catcher on junior varsity and a back up catcher my freshman and sophomore seasons.

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