Kowar will be a part of the Royals' 60-man player pool this season, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports. One of the best pitching prospects in a system loaded with quality starting pitching prospects, Kowar has the best changeup of the young Royals hurlers and was hitting 98 mph with his fastball this spring. He may not get the MLB reps to provide fantasy value in 2020, but Kowar could develop into a No. 2 or No. 3 starter in time.
Kowar threw two-thirds of an inning in his spring debut on Sunday and allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits and a walk against the Indians, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports. Kowar surrendered a two-run home run on a changeup he left over the plate. Perhaps more importantly than the results, however, Kowar reportedly was sitting between 95 and 97 mph with his fastball and had his curveball working as well. Among a number of promising pitching prospects in the Royals' system, Kowar is likely to begin the 2020 season at Triple-A Omaha.
Kowar will join the Royals' major-league spring training camp, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Kowar may not be considered for an Opening Day roster spot, but he doesn't appear to be too far away. In 13 starts for Double-A Northwest Arkansas last season, he recorded a 3.51 ERA and a 25.2 percent strikeout rate.
Kowar was promoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Friday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Last year's 33rd overall pick, Kowar recorded a 3.53 ERA through 13 starts with High-A Wilmington. He projects as a future back-end starter with the upside to be more than that, with his profile driven by strong velocity and a plus changeup.
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