|Report Date:||April 23rd, 2018|
While it’s natural to compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of Kowar with Brady Singer, it’s indicative of Kevin O’Sullivan’s embarrassment of riches that Kowar, with his career 22-2 record, and 3.45 ERA over 205 innings logged, is merely considered Florida’s “other” ace. On Friday, he held a potent Kentucky offense scoreless over seven innings, striking out five, while allowing five hits and four walks in route to a 9-4 Gator’s win.
At 6’6” and 185 pounds, Kowar has a wiry build, with narrow sloping shoulders. Though his abbreviated delivery is rather simplified, like many tall and long levered pitchers, Kowar has trouble repeating his delivery which leads to below average control. Kowar generates plus velocity on his fastball at 92-to-95 mph, thanks in large part to a lightning quick arm while incorporating almost no part of his lower body. Kowar’s height, combined with his mid three-quarter arm slot, creates ample downhill plain, though he needs to locate the ball in the lower quadrants of the zone more consistently to be effective. The curveball flashed above average, with sharp 11-to-5 movement and average depth, while his changeup, looked like a future plus pitch. Thrown with good separation off his fastball at 81-to-83 mph and arm-side fade, this was Kowar’s most effective swing-and-miss offering.
Flashing three pitches that rate above average or better, it’s entirely possible that Kowar has a higher ceiling than Singer, but he also has a lower floor if he’s unable to reign in his struggles with both his command and his control. Regardless, there’s enough appeal in the profile to warrant a mid first round selection.