I wrote a piece yesterday about how Kowar was one of the three Gators being looked at as a first round selection. Kowar slipped to the second round, but only after the Royals had already drafted his rotation partner, Brady Singer. Here is a look at what Kowar will bring to the Kansas City Royals.
Kowar is a 6’6″, RHP, and is the second part of the two headed monster for the Gators. Although Singer is the more productive pitcher, Kowar might be the one with the most upside out of the two. Kowar uses his big frame and fast arm action to deliver his fastball anywhere from 93-98 MPH. His delivery is fairly athletic, and scouts think that he can increase his velocity when he turns pro. The fastball at times can straighten out a bit, and Kowar hasn’t showed big strikeout numbers for a guy with his size and fastball velocity. He is very thin for his size, and the added strength will be much needed to further development
His delivery comes from an extended three-quarters arm slot, which creates some good angles to the plate. Consistency remains the biggest thing for Kowar. From his Freshman to Junior year he has gotten better every year. As a junior this year for the Gators, Kowar has pitched to a tune of 9-4 with a 3.21 ERA. He also has 91 strikeouts in 92.2 IP. His walk rate has remained almost identical to his sophomore campaign.
Kowar’s second best offering is his changeup and it grades out at 60. It is a plus pitch for him, and he is able to offer a good difference in speed between his fastball and changeup. The thing that Kowar lacks is a good breaking ball. His curveball can flash as a plus pitch at times, but it still has a ways to go. The good Jackson Kowar could’ve been a top 15 pick, but the fact that his dominance doesn’t always show is what gifted the Royals Kowar.
Kowar pitches with a clean and repeatable delivery, and has live arm action. Some scouts believe that his arm could get even stronger when he gets into pro ball. He is far from a finished project, so whatever team drafts Kowar will be getting a big pitcher with all the tools there. With the right development he could turn into a nice middle of the rotation type of starter, or worse case scenario he doesn’t get his curveball going and he becomes a two pitch bullpen guy. Either way he has an electric fastball, but has some work to do on the offspeed.
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