According to the Lexington Legends Twitter account, Royals first round pick (33rd overall) Jackson Kowar will Report to Low-A Lexington and make his first professional start on Thursday night.
Kowar, the college teammate of Royals first overall pick in the 2018 Draft Brady Singer, has been ranked by many as the Royals best selection in the draft. His fastball reaches the mid-upper-90’s and his changeup is better than a lot of pitchers in the MLB right now. His assignment to Lexington is great news for the future of his development, as I think there’s a real chance he finishes next season with AA Northwest Arkansas, giving him an ETA in Kansas City of 2020.
In a corresponding move, RHP Andres Sotillet has been promoted to High-A Wilmington. Sotillet recently threw a CGSO with the Legends and has been really, really good this season. Sotillet was the owner of a 3.05 FIP, an 8.46 K/9, and a 1.31 BB/9 in 89.1 IP with Lexington. He’s a guy I’m definitely going to have my eye on moving forward.
If you subscribe to MiLB.tv, I would highly suggest watching Kowar’s start in Lexington tonight. He’ll probably only throw between 2-4 innings, but it’ll be fun to watch him in a “Royals” uniform.