Jackson Kowar
23-Year-Old PitcherRP
Kansas City Royals AA
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
$Signed a contract with the Royals in July of 2018 that includes a $2.15 million signing bonus.
Joining big-league camp
PKansas City Royals  AA
January 13, 2020
Kowar will join the Royals' major-league spring training camp, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Kowar may not be considered for an Opening Day roster spot, but he doesn't appear to be too far away. In 13 starts for Double-A Northwest Arkansas last season, he recorded a 3.51 ERA and a 25.2 percent strikeout rate.
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Moves up to Double-A
PKansas City Royals  AA
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  AA
June 4, 2018
The Royals have selected Kowar with the 33rd overall pick in the 2018 first-year player draft.
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