Talking Baseball: John Ennis
Throughout the offseason, keep an eye out for my new series titled “Talking Baseball”. I’ll spend a few minutes each week talking to former baseball players about the game of baseball and much more.
Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 14th round of the 1998 draft, John Wayne Ennis (The Duke) spent parts of 13 seasons at the Minor League level — including parts of three seasons in the Majors. The Montrose, CO native even spent a season playing in the Korean Baseball Organization (2008 with Samsung).
Ennis spent parts of six seasons with the organization that drafted him (Atlanta) and made his Major League debut on April 10, 2002 with the Braves at the age of 22 (4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 SO). He later spent parts of four years in Detroit’s organization (2003-2006).
The talented right-handed pitcher eventually made his way to the Philadelphia Phillies organization and made three appearances for the Phils in 2007.
Ennis is someone who I am familiar with from my time working in Philadelphia’s organization. He pitched in parts of three seasons for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Triple-A affiliate) from 2008-2010. He also spent time with the Reading Phillies (Double-A affiliate) in 2010. I worked for the IronPigs in both 2008 & 2009, and later became the PR Director for the R-Phils in 2010.
Overall, he appeared in 16 Major League games with three different teams over his career — Atlanta, Detroit, and Philadelphia.
Now, the 6’5″ former right-handed pitcher makes his home in the Charlotte area. He’s still around the game, working with Carolinas Baseball Center (CBC) as a coach and instructor.
I caught up with John on Saturday, November 7 at the U Deserve A Chance Foundation’s first-ever Home Plate Gala, which took place at BB&T Ballpark. The event featured notable baseball personalities from in and around the Charlotte area, including all levels of the game. It was all for a great cause.
John and I spoke about the Home Plate Gala, the U Deserve A Chance Foundation, his time in the Philadelphia organization during a successful time for the franchise, his “The Duke” nickname, and more.
Here’s episode four of “Talking Baseball” with guest, John Ennis.