Astros All-American Prospect Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

Corpus Christi Hooks “Opening Day” starter LHP Kent Emanuel will miss the rest of the season after having Tommy John surgery on his elbow Wednesday.

He made the announcement Wednesday on Twitter after the surgery, “Surgery went well, I feel great, & am ready to work to come back stronger than ever in the middle of the 2016 season!” Emanuel tweeted.

Emanuel (1-1, 3.68 ERA), the former All-American was the Hooks opening day starting pitcher. This season he had appeared in four games, including two starts, he’s pitched a total of 14.2 innings, giving up eight runs on 21 hits, including one home run, five bases on balls and five strike outs.

Last year, the 22-year-old lefty went 9-7 with a 4.21 ERA in 27 appearances (18 starts) between Lancaster and Quad Cities. Emanuel struck out 93 and walked 32 in 124.0 innings pitched.

Emanuel was drafted in the third round, 74th overall in the 2013 Draft, out of the University of North Carolina. He had a great college career including two trips to the College World Series, while being named the 2013 ACC Pitcher of the Year and a Louisville Slugger First-Team All-American.

He will be out the rest of this season and will miss the first half of the 2016 campaign.

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