KC Royals: Jackson Kowar off to impressive start in minor leagues

Kansas City Royals first round draft pickJackson Kowar of the Gators (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Kansas City Royals first round draft pickJackson Kowar of the Gators (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

The KC Royals made Jackson Kowar their second pick in last year’s MLB Draft and the former Florida Gator is off to a tremendous start to kick off 2019.

With the Kansas City Royals not being very good this season, I’ve decided to focus in on one minor league prospect each week. This player could be performing incredibly well or maybe he’s struggling, but either way, it’s a lot more exciting to talk about than the major league product that can’t hold a lead.

This week’s edition will be Jackson Kowar, the 33rd pick in last year’s draft, who is absolutely dealing in A+ ball right now.

Some Royals fans will only follow Brady Singer and what he does this season, but Jackson Kowar, who was taken after Singer, is having himself a season so far. Now granted, he’s only pitched in three games, but he’s looked solid in all three of them.

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Through those three games, Kowar has thrown 15 innings and has an ERA of 1.80 with a WHIP of 0.933. He’s given up five runs, but only three of them were earned.

In other words, Kowar is off to a rocking start in A+ ball for the Blue Rocks. That roster is stacked with future major league talent and fans should really start to get excited about Kowar and what he could bring to the Royals in the coming years.

Kowar is just 22 years old (not turning 23 until October) and was the Royals’ second pick in last year’s draft. He and Brady Singer were teammates at Florida and Royals fans got to watch both guys pitch in the College World Series last June, which was pretty exciting.

Unlike Singer, Kowar pitched in the minors last season, posting a 3.42 ERA and 1.177 WHIP in nine games and 26.1 innings thrown. He looked solid in limited action and that production has carried over into this young season.

The Royals could potentially have one of the most lethal starting rotations in Major League Baseball, assuming these players pan out of course. Kowar could be a huge part of that and pairing him and Singer with the likes of Brad Keller, Jakob Junis, and Jorge Lopez could give KC Royals fans an outstanding starting rotation in the coming years.

While Kowar is doing well to start the season, let’s give him the rest of the season to see if he can battle through the down times. He looks the part of a legitimate starting pitcher, but three games isn’t a big enough sample size.

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Could Jackson Kowar be up in the majors as early as next season? If he continues to pitch this well, it’s hard to imagine him not being in Kansas City by 2020.