D-backs fans are already familiar with staff ace Dan Haren and his all-world .408 batting average. But new No. 5 starter Barry Enright, also a capable slugger from the same college, may require an introduction.
"He's a lot to live up to," joked Enright, who takes the ball Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs. "We'll see."
Both pitchers played collegiately for the Waves, Haren from 1999-2001 and Enright from 2005-07. As a junior, Haren not only went 11-3 with a 2.22 ERA for the Southern California program, he also batted .308 with five home runs and 47 RBIs.
Enright, meanwhile, didn't register an at-bat but recorded six more career wins, 35, than Haren to rank second on the school's all-time list. And he started using the lumber once he turned pro: Before his callup last week, Enright was hitting .356 with nine extra-base hits (one dinger) and five RBIs in 68 career at-bats at Double-A Mobile.
Though the hitting hurlers are five-and-a-half years apart in age, they also both arrived in Arizona in 2007, Haren as the key piece in a December trade from the Athletics and Enright as a second-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft.
"He was a great guy to meet in Spring Training," Enright said. "He came to me after my starts and told me, 'Great job' and talked to me about a few things, asked me a few things about Pepperdine and alumni games."
In his first week in the Major Leagues, Enright has actually had more managers (two) than at-bats (one). Aside from his fourth-inning sacrifice bunt on Wednesday in St. Louis, the 24-year-old right-hander allowed just one run on four hits over five innings to earn his first victory in the Majors. He'll chase his second win (and his first big league hit) Tuesday against the Cubs.
"It's starting to sink in now," Enright said. "The first few days, it was kind of surreal. ... To be with these guys now, to be in this clubhouse, it's a pretty special feeling."