Full name is Jackson Alexander Kowar...resides in Gainesville, Fla., during the offseason...Graduated from Charlotte Christian High School (N.C.) in 2015...Attended the University of Florida...led the SEC in victories (12), winning his first 12 decisions, before dropping his final start to TCU in the College World Series semifinals...earned the save in Game 2 of the CWS finals vs. LSU to clinch the school's first national championship in baseball...In his junior year at Florida, went 10-5 with a 3.04 ERA (38 ER in 112.0 IP) and 115 strikeouts...fanned 13 hitters vs. Texas in a 6-1 victory at the College World Series, the most strikeouts in a CWS game since 2010 (Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer).
Split the season between Wilmington (A+) and Northwest Arkansas (AA), combining to go 7-10 with a 3.52 ERA (58 ER in 148.1 IP) in 26 starts...Among Royals' minor league pitchers, his 144 strikeouts ranked fourth, while he ranked seventh in WHIP (1.24) and eighth in ERA (min. 100 IP)...Selected as a Carolina League midseason All-Star, pitching a scoreless fourth inning in the annual game...Promoted to Northwest Arkansas on June 22 and tossed 7.0 shutout innings vs. Frisco in his Double-A debut, taking a no-decision in a 2-0 Naturals victory…scattered six hits and allowed two walks, with seven strikeouts...Pitched to a 1.91 ERA (6 ER in 28.1 IP) over his first five starts with Northwest Arkansas, but recorded just one victory in that stretch...Fanned a career-high nine hitters over just 5.0 innings his July 27 start vs. Amarillo, but suffered a 4-0 defeat...Entered the year as the No. 4 prospect in the organization according to MLB.com.
Made nine starts with Lexington (A) in his first professional campaign...Posted a 1.06 ERA (2 ER in 17.0 IP) and a .125 opponents average (7-for-56) in his final five regular season starts...Tossed 5.0 shutout innings in Game 2 of the South Atlantic League Championship Series, a 5-2 victory.