Kansas City Royals call up Jackson Kowar for MLB debut

Jul 21, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Jackson Kowar (37) pitches against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Royals selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Jackson Kowar from Triple-A Omaha, and the plan is for Kowar to make his major league debut Monday night against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim.

Kowar, 24, is part of the Royals’ celebrated starters from their 2018 draft class that includes Brady Singer, Kris Bubic and Daniel Lynch.

“It’s not a secret that Jackson has been extremely good so far this year,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said Sunday night. “He just won the league pitcher of the month and his stats would support how he’s throwing and what we’re hearing from our development people. It’s his time.”

Kowar was selected in the first round (33rd overall) by the Royals in 2018.

Through six starts this season, the 6-foot-5, 200-pound Kowar (5-0) has an 0.85 ERA with 0.88 WHIP and 41 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Royals optioned right-hander Jakob Junis to Omaha and designated right-hander Jake Newberry for assignment.

–Field Level Media