Kent Jeffrey Emanuel, born on June 4, 1992, is an American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies (MLB). He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and made his Major League Baseball debut with the Houston Astros in 2021.
The Houston Astros picked Emanuel in the third round of the 2013 MLB draft, with the 74th overall pick. In 2013, he tossed 9 scoreless innings for the GCL Astros. He pitched for the Quad Cities River Bandits and the Lancaster JetHawks in 2014, going 9–7 with a 4.21 ERA in 124 innings.
He pitched for the Corpus Christi Hooks in 2015, going 1–1 with a 3.68 ERA in 14+23 innings. In 2016, he returned to Corpus Christi and went 6–4 with a 5.23 ERA in 82+23 innings. He pitched for Corpus Christi and the Fresno Grizzlies in 2017, going 6–7 with a 5.72 ERA in 116 innings.
He pitched for Fresno in 2018, finishing 5–4 with a 5.59 ERA in 83+23 innings. Emanuel pitched for the Round Rock Express of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League in 2019, finishing 8–2 with a 3.90 ERA in 101+23 innings.
On November 4, 2019, the Astros added Emanuel to their 40-man roster. Emanuel did not participate in a minor league game in 2020 since the minor league season was canceled due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
He was banned for 80 games on August 6, 2020, after testing positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone.
Kent’s salary has been a topic of discussion among fans and sports journalists, he currently earns $570,500 per year pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies.