Scouting Report for Jonathan Bowlan, Royals fifth Pick

In 14 starts this season, Bowlan struck out 104 hitters against just 18 walks, compiling a 3.71 ERA in the process. Bowlan sits 91-94 with his fastball and throws a slider with plus potential.

Bowlan is a big guy at 6’6″ and 265 pounds. He already gained 50 pounds in college so he’ll need to keep his weight in check during his professional career in order to stay healthy.

Bowlan’s slider is his top secondary pitch, and it has the potential to be a plus offering if he can increase his consistency with it. He has good control, exemplified by his 14 walks in 85 innings.

With such a large frame and only average stuff, Bowlan profiles as a back of the rotation, innings eater. His height should give him good plane on the fastball, but he’s probably maxed out his velocity. If he can continue to develop his secondary pitches, and that means getting consistent with his slider and getting better feel for a fringy changeup, he’s got a future as a 4/5 starter. If he can’t develop his changeup, he should have a future as a two pitch bullpen piece.

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