KC Royals’ Jackson Kowar: I’ll keep working, keep pushing

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Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jackson Kowar throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, September 19, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jackson Kowar throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, September 19, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel)

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The Kansas City Royals believe that when Jackson kowar syncs up, he’s a top-notch pitcher in the major leagues, and they’re not alone in this assessment.

The trick now is to bring Kowar to that place where he is constantly in that area where his body and mind align and allow him to show all of his abilities.

When Kowar, 24, acknowledges his own frustration with his performance, it also indicates that he knows he hasn’t organized things in any meaningful way at the major league level. He showed the flashes, and he certainly felt the difference between those times when he’s in control and the times when things speed up or go wrong.

For the first three innings against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday, things were out of whack and that led to some very noisy BLOWS take out bats from the Mariners. Kowar allowed five runs in the first three innings of a 7-1 loss ending the streak.

Kowar, who scored three goals and allowed seven hits, had four innings before his pitch count hit 97 and prompted him to give in to the bullpen.

Four of the seven hits he allowed were extra base hits, including a pair of home runs to left-handed hitters Jarred Kelenic and Jake Bauers.

“The steps, again, killed me early on, and all I was beaten over was just a central cut,” Kowar said. “So it really all boiled down to command, I would say. Just don’t pinpoint the pitches in the area or when they were in the area at all, grabbing way too much plate for a few guys.

The exit was not exclusively pessimistic. Royals manager Mike Matheny and Kowar both pointed to Kowar’s fourth and final round on the mound as a sign that he was syncing up and throwing more like he did during his minor leagues progress. .

Kowar put the team out in order in the fourth inning, inducing balls to the ground for No. 2-4 hitters in the Mariners’ lineup after struggling with the lead.

“A mix of mindset and a few mechanical tweaks, just being aggressive earlier in the counts, trying to take more white, throw a little less around the corner and be more aggressive,” Kowar said of the difference in the fourth round.

“Then just make a few mechanical adjustments until you get down the mound and have my direction more linear and less east to west. It is something that I have always fought on all levels. It’s frustrating that this continues to be something that holds me back, but we’re going to keep working on it and keep pushing. “

Royals All-Star second baseman Whit merrifield shared the message he expressed to Kowar during Sunday’s game, urging him not to worry about the outcome of that particular game and instead focus on what he needs to do to play in the leagues major.

“I just told him not to worry so much about the results the rest of the season,” said Merrifield. “Obviously, no one wants to fail. He’s going to be a big part of that team going forward. He’s not going anywhere. He’s going to try his luck here. So I just told her let’s not be so locked up and worried about the results [for] the rest of those two or three starts. You just have to focus on being here and getting started here and trying to figure out how to be successful. “

Kowar, part of the 2018 draft class who made history by starting games with five pitchers in the same season for the major league club that drafted them, has been among baseball’s top prospects for several years.

The 6-foot-5 right-hander selected No.33 overall in 2018 entered the weekend ranked among the top 100 prospects by MLBPipeline.com (N ° 86) as well as Baseball America (No. 76). He had dominated Triple-A before his first promotion to the majors in June.

“His business is so good,” Matheny said. “It’s going to be fun once he stumbles through those ups and downs where he finds that consistency.” When he does, it’s going to be awesome to watch him, I think, for a long time. He’s got it all, be it makeup, work ethic, the ability to figure out and stick to a game plan. It has all the tools you need.

“It’s just not that easy. Some of our young guys make it seem like it’s easier than it is. Others will have to make their way. When they get it, it’s something that they’ll go forward from and not have to look back. “

This story was originally published September 19, 2021 6:25 pm.

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Lynn Worthy covers the Kansas City Royals and Major League Baseball for The Star. Originally from the North East, he has covered high school, college and professional sports for The Lowell Sun, Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, Allentown Morning Call and The Salt Lake Tribune. He has won awards for sports reports and sports columns.


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