A third shot at the major leagues is what the KC Royals gave Jackson Kowar when spring training ended. It seemed a strange choice given the mediocre rookie record he posted last season—0-6 with an 11.27 ERA, 5.9 BB9 and 2.077 WHIP—and the four runs he surrendered in seven Cactus League innings this spring.
The Royals announced today they have demoted right-hander Jackson Kowar to Triple-A Omaha and have activated reliever Joel Payamps from a family emergency. Kowar pitched in just one game for the Royals this season, entering Sunday’s game against Cleveland as a long reliever after Kris Bubic was lifted in the first inning. Kowar entered the game in the second and gave up 11 hits and 7 runs in 3 1⁄3 innings of work.
One day after he made his first appearance of the season out of the bullpen for the Kansas City Royals, pitcher Jackson Kowar went back to the minors. Royals manager Mike Matheny announced the club optioned Kowar to Triple-A Omaha before Monday’s series finale against the Cleveland Guardians at Kauffman Stadium. The move paved the way for the club to reinstate reliever Joel Payamps from the family medical emergency list.
Kowar was awarded a spot on the Opening Day roster Tuesday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. The first-round pick from 2018 got his first taste of big-league action last season, but he struggled with an 11.27 ERA and 2.08 WHIP across nine appearances spanning 30.1 innings. He didn't have the best spring either, allowing four runs on eight hits and three walks through seven innings. Kowar will be able to log multi-inning assignments, though with Carlos Hernandez in the rotation, it's expected Kowar will operate out of the bullpen to begin the year.
The most important number for Kansas City Royals pitcher Jackson Kowar after his first Cactus League outing on Sunday was zero. As in he allowed zero walks. Kowar, a former first-round draft pick in 2018 who made his major-league debut last season, showed off a blazing fastball that reached 98 mph in the first inning, and he registered four strikeouts in two innings.
Kowar allowed a run of three hits and struck out four over two innings in Sunday's 11-10 win over the Diamondbacks. The decrease in walks is the most encouraging takeaway here -- Kowar issued 20 free passes in 30.1 major-league innings last season. He struggled to an 11.27 ERA and 2.08 WHIP with the Royals last season, but he posted a strong 3.46 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 80.2 innings with Triple-A Omaha. Kowar is competing for a back-end spot in the rotation during spring training, though he may begin the year in Omaha if the Royals opt to carry five starters early on.
KC Royals starter Jackson Kowar didn’t finish the 2021 season on the highest note. He struggled in his last three starts and arguably had a tougher transition from the minor leagues than some may have expected. But assuming the offseason break greets him with open arms, he’ll make the right...
Kowar (0-6) allowed five runs on five hits and a walk while striking out six in four innings to take the loss against the Twins on Sunday. Kowar gave up four runs in the top of the first inning before recording an out, but he settled down later in his outing and retired nine consecutive batters across the next three innings. However, he was forced to finish the season with his fourth loss in his last five appearances. The right-hander made nine appearances (eight starts) during his first major-league season and recorded an 11.27 ERA and 2.08 WHIP in 30.1 innings.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals have awarded two promising prospects within the organization with the top awards for minor leaguers. Bobby Witt Jr. is the George Brett Hitter of the Year and Jackson Kowar is the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year. Witt Jr. spent the 2021...
Kowar (0-5) got the loss after pitching 4.1 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and walking one while striking out four versus Cleveland on Monday. The right-hander was hit early, surrendering four runs in the first three innings including an Amed Rosario solo home run in the bottom of the third. It was the fourth straight outing for Kowar in which he gave up at least five runs. Since Sept. 7, he has thrown 15.1 innings while allowing 21 runs, good (or bad) for a 12.33 ERA. He'll look for his elusive first win in the season finale against the Twins on Sunday.
Kansas City Star
The Kansas City Royals believe that when Jackson Kowar gets himself in sync, he’s a top-caliber pitcher in the major leagues, and they’re not alone in that assessment. The trick now becomes getting Kowar to that place where he’s consistently in that zone where his body and mind line up and allow him to put his full ability on display.
Jackson Kowar continued his rookie year struggles, giving up five runs in four innings in a 7-1 loss to the Mariners. The Royals lose the series to Seattle and drop four of six on the homestand. The problems started in the first for Kowar, when he walked back-to-back hitters to...
Kowar (0-4) allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out three over four innings as he took the loss against the Mariners on Sunday. Kowar was knocked around again in what was his third straight start allowing five runs or more. He gave up two in the first on a double from Jarred Kelenic, another in the second and two more in the third on a pair of solo home runs. His success in the minors has certainly not translated over to the big leagues just yet. The 24-year-old righty now owns an 11.45 ERA, 2.23 WHIP and 19:18 K:BB over 22 innings. He should be avoided in lineups at all costs for the remainder of the season.
Kowar didn't factor into the decision Tuesday against Oakland after allowing five runs on three hits and four walks across one inning, fanning one. He also tossed a wild pitch. It's not a secret that Kowar has struggled mightily in his first big-league campaign, but this one could go down...
Kansas City Star
Progress isn’t always steady, and first innings aren’t always pretty. Kansas City Royals rookie pitcher Jackson Kowar followed up last week’s solid return-to-the-majors outing with a much rockier start on Tuesday night. While the Baltimore Orioles capitalized on Kowar’s mistakes almost immediately, he once again walked off the mound after...