Kent Emanuel, LHP, University of North Carolina
Class: Junior; Height: 6-4; Weight: 225
While not of the same caliber as his teammate Colin Moran, the big lefty does have some potential big league value as a backend starter and no worse than a serviceable guy out of the pen. After impressive freshman and sophomore seasons, Emanuel’s taken a bit of a step backward in 2013, at least in terms of missing bats.
Prior to the year, he averaged right around eight punch outs per nine innings, but that number’s dropped noticeably — all the way down to 6.62 K/9 this year. And what adds to that concern is the fact that he doesn’t generate a lot of contact towards the infield.
According to CollegeSplits.com, infielders handled the ball just 38.5% of the time against right-hander batters and 36.4% of the time versus lefties. Basically, he’s a fly ball-type pitcher.
Projection: Emanuel’s value has slipped after his sophomore season, going from a potential supplemental round pick to maybe a round or two later. He does show above-average control, limits extra-base hits (only eight doubles, three triples, and five homeruns on the year), and has a good build.
Ceiling: 1.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate
Drafted: Second or Third Round
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