Royals sign 33rd overall pick Jackson Kowar

Jackson Kowar was previously drafted by Detroit (40th round) in 2015 out of Charlotte Christian High School (N.C.), but did not sign.
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The Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Jackson Kowar, the club’s Round 1 Compensation selection (33rd overall) in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft.

Kowar, a 6-foot-5 pitcher from the University of Florida, posted a 10-5 record with a 3.04 ERA (38 ER in 112.2 IP) and 115 strikeouts during his junior season with the Gators. The 21-year-old finished his collegiate career fanning a career-high 13 hitters over 6.2 scoreless innings in a 6-1 victory over Texas in an elimination game at the College World Series. It was the most strikeouts in a College World Series game since 2010, when Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer both did it for UCLA.

He earned his first collegiate save in Game 2 of the 2017 College World Series finals, clinching a 6-1 win over LSU and Florida’s first National Championship.

Kowar was previously drafted by Detroit (40th round) in 2015 out of Charlotte Christian High School (N.C.), but did not sign.