• Full name Kent Jeffrey Emanuel
  • Born 06/04/1992 in Woodstock, GA
  • Profile Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 225 / Bats: L / Throws: L
  • School North Carolina
  • Debut 04/24/2021
  • Drafted in the 3rd round (74th overall) by the Houston Astros in 2013 (signed for $747,700).
    View Draft Report
    An unsigned 19th-rounder out of high school, Emanuel didn't sign and became North Carolina's ace after Matt Harvey left for pro ball. He tossed a complete-game shutout during the 2011 College World Series and has been the team's ace the last two seasons; he lasted seven innings or more in 10 of his first 11 starts in 2013. He has a power pitcher's body at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds but pitches with a funky delivery that gives him deception but precludes much projection in terms of velocity. He pitches with a fringe-average fastball, touching 90-91 but sitting 87-89 mph. His fastball plays up because he locates it well, both inside and down, and pitches with a tough angle to hitters. He also locates an above-average changeup. He has improved both his curveball and slider, though neither is a swing-and-miss pitch. He's an excellent athlete with a good pickoff move who repeats his herky-jerky delivery. His deception keeps hitters from getting consistent good swings, but limits his ceiling a bit, because he's not going to throw harder with his current delivery. Emanuel pitches with poise and maturity, and his polish should allow him to move quickly.

Top Rankings

Organization Prospect Rankings

Draft Prospects

Career Transactions

  • Indianapolis Indians activated LHP Kent Emanuel.
  • Indianapolis Indians sent LHP Kent Emanuel on a rehab assignment to Bradenton Marauders.
  • LHP Kent Emanuel assigned to Indianapolis Indians from Altoona Curve.
  • LHP Kent Emanuel assigned to Altoona Curve.
  • Pittsburgh Pirates signed free agent LHP Kent Emanuel to a minor league contract.

Download our app

Read the newest magazine issue right on your phone