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Royals sign 33rd overall selection Jackson Kowar

The Kansas City Royals announced today that they 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. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Kowar, 21, 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. He finished his collegiate career with a 6-1 victory over Texas in an elimination game at the College World Series, fanning a career high 13 hitters over 6.2 scoreless innings. 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.

The Kansas City Royals announced today that they 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. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Kowar, 21, 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. He finished his collegiate career with a 6-1 victory over Texas in an elimination game at the College World Series, fanning a career high 13 hitters over 6.2 scoreless innings. 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.

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