College Draft Profile: Kent Emanuel

 

Kent Emanuel, LHP, University of North Carolina

Class: Junior; Height: 6-4; Weight: 225

Updated: 06/03/13

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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After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.


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