Jackson Kowar
23-Year-Old PitcherRP
Kansas City Royals AAA
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Part of the Royals' potentially historic 2018 pitcher-heavy draft class, Kowar has been incredibly consistent on his march to the majors. He made 13 starts apiece at High-A and Double-A, logging almost identical ERA, FIP, WHIP and GB% at both stops. Kowar increased his dominance and efficiency (14.1 K-BB% at High-A, 18.4 K-BB% at Double-A) against tougher competition, and should begin his age-23 season at Triple-A. His 70-grade changeup may be the best pitch of any of the pitchers Kansas City selected in that draft. Hitters can't just sit on his low-to-mid-90s fastball, because if they do, his changeup will eat them alive. His fringe-average breaking ball is a distant third pitch, and its development will be critical to Kowar becoming a good No. 3 starter, rather than an acceptable No. 4 starter. His above-average control and advanced pitchability should allow him to make the most of his arsenal. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Royals in July of 2018 that includes a $2.15 million signing bonus.
Gets summer camp invite
PKansas City Royals  AAA
June 28, 2020
Kowar will be a part of the Royals' 60-man player pool this season, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports.
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One of the best pitching prospects in a system loaded with quality starting pitching prospects, Kowar has the best changeup of the young Royals hurlers and was hitting 98 mph with his fastball this spring. He may not get the MLB reps to provide fantasy value in 2020, but Kowar could develop into a No. 2 or No. 3 starter in time.
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Impressive velocity this spring
PKansas City Royals  AAA
March 25, 2020
Kowar, who was reassigned to minor-league camp, impressed the Royals with his fastball velocity this spring, reportedly hitting 98 mph, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
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Makes spring debut
PKansas City Royals  AAA
February 23, 2020
Kowar threw two-thirds of an inning in his spring debut on Sunday and allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits and a walk against the Indians, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
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Joining big-league camp
PKansas City Royals  AAA
January 13, 2020
Kowar will join the Royals' major-league spring training camp, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
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Moves up to Double-A
PKansas City Royals  AAA
June 21, 2019
Kowar was promoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Friday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
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Lands with Royals at No. 33 overall pick
PKansas City Royals  AAA
June 4, 2018
The Royals have selected Kowar with the 33rd overall pick in the 2018 first-year player draft.
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