KC Royals: 3 needed additions to the 40-man roster
By Shawn Bauman
The falter of some players in the starting rotation shows the KC Royals still have a ways to go to solidify this aspect.
Kansas City pitchers Matt Harvey and Jakob Junis combined to start 10 games, together went 0-5, and had too-high ERAs of 11.57 and 6.39, respectively. The future of veteran hurler Danny Duffy with the KC Royals could be up in the air, whether it is moving to another team or possibly into the bullpen in Kansas City.
One obvious and immediate solution is to add young right-handed pitcher Jackson Kowar to the club’s 40-man roster. Drafted in the same year and from the same major college as Singer, Kowar showed he is ready to compete with his performance in the minor leagues.
In his one-and-a-half years of minor league experience, he struck out essentially a batter per inning, maintained a respectable WHIP of 1.23 and was stingy with the long ball. All of this came on the heels of a stellar 23-6 record at a Southeast Conference university.
Kowar was a non-roster invitee to the first spring training this year, which shows the Kansas City franchise definitely wanted to take a good look at him. He also spent the summer at the Royals’ alternate training site, which allowed him access to the best training possible with the team in the time of COVID-19.
A trip to the big league spring training surely awaits him and depending on how that goes it is not out of the realm he makes the Royals roster. Of course, that all hinges on him being added to the 40-man which is what needs to happen.