College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2013 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be adding players day-by-day until we get to number one!
Number 7 on our Top 100 Countdown is North Carolina’s Kent Emanuel. The 6’4 left-handed pitcher from Woodstock, Georgia was selected in the 19th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
As a freshman, Emanuel made 20 appearances including 16 starts, combining for a record of 9-1. In his 104.1 innings pitched, Emanuel posted an ERA of just 2.33 with 89 strikeouts and just 23 walks. His success earned him several awards including All-Regional Team honors in the Chapel Hill regional as well as Freshman All-American honors from Baseball America.
His success continued into his sophomore season as he made 16 starts for a record of 8-4 with an ERA of just 1.96. In his 110 innings pitched he struck out 100 batters and walked just 23 while holding opponents to just a .228 batting average. His success earned him Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American honors.
From a scouting perspective, Emanuel has worked his way into the category of elite college pitchers that have the potential to be taken in the first round. His repertoire is highlighted by a fastball that sits in the low-90s and a very strong changeup. His excellent command and improving repertoire make him one of the top players to watch for in 2013.