The KC Royals have three players in the Top 100 and Jackson Kowar strangely isn’t one of them.
When discussing Jackson Kowar, the easiest storyline surrounding him is that he pitched in the same rotation as Brady Singer when the two were at Florida. Both were drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 2017 and Singer has gotten way more attention and has already made his MLB debut.
While Kowar hasn’t gotten the same kind of buzz that his Florida teammate has, he’s still a very promising prospect. MLB.com said he’s the Royals’ best prospect who isn’t a Top 100 prospect and had this to say as to why,
"Kowar split his first full season in 2019 between Class A Advanced Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas, making 13 starts at each level while compiling an overall ERA of 3.52 in 148 1/3 innings. The 6-foot-5 right-hander already features a pair of impact pitches in his fastball and well-above-average changeup, and he reportedly made progress refining his curveball in 2020."
The Royals have high hopes for Kowar and fans could see him in the major leagues as early as this year. He honestly could have had a chance at making his debut last year, but the shortened season played a role in that not happening.
The KC Royals hope to see Jackson Kowar pitching for them soon.
Kowar was invited to pitch for the Royals in spring training and it’ll be nice to see what he can do in that stretch. Prospects can speed up their call-up process by putting on a clinic in spring training, so if Kowar goes out there and really impresses, maybe that’s enough to get him a spot on the roster sooner than many anticipated.
It’s going to be fun watching all of these pitchers the Royals drafted make their way through the farm system and eventually get to the big leagues. Dayton Moore made it a point to emphasize drafting college pitchers for a reason and hopefully Kowar is one of the many who can come in and wow on the mound.
Jackson Kowar might not be a Top 100 prospect, but there are a lot of expectations for him in Kansas City. Royals fans can’t wait for him to make his debut and see what the former Florida Gator can provide this team as they look to round the corner and contend for a postseason berth again.