Prospect Profile: Andrew Kown

The Tigers focus in the 2004 draft was once again on pitching, and Andrew Kown is one of the more intriguing prospects that they selected. A fifth rounder out of Georgia Tech, Kown has already had some success in his pro debut with Oneonta, and has the potential to continue moving quickly through the system.

Andrew Kown
Position: Right Handed Pitcher Height: 6-7 Weight: 210
Born: 10/7/1982 Bats: Left Throws: Right

Background
Kown was a dominating high school pitcher, tossing 3 no-hitters during his prep career. Moving on to college, Kown struggled with the adjustment to the Division I game, posting an ERA over nine during his freshman campaign. Following a significant improvement his sophomore season, Andrew broke through during his junior campaign with Georgia Tech, notching a 10-1 record in 17 starts, with a 3.46 ERA. Kown's breakthrough season vaulted him up draft boards, where the Tigers selected him in the 5th round. Upon signing for just over $200,000, Kown reported to short-season Oneonta where he continued his impressive run. In nine starts, Andrew tossed 41 innings, striking out 37 while walking only 13, and posting a 2.85 ERA.

Scouting Report
Kown is a tall, lanky athlete with surprising agility and coordination. Using a slightly above-average fastball (89-93 mph) and a sharp, late darting slider, Kown consistently pitches ahead in the count, putting batters at a distinct disadvantage. With good command of both pitches, and an apparent willingness to pitch inside, Kown keeps hitters off balance. Kown's motion is surprisingly smooth for someone his size, and he follows through completely on a consistent, repetitive motion, minimizing the stress on his arm. His thin frame has room to add bulk without losing flexibility, and he could see increased velocity as he progresses. Andrew uses his plus athleticism to field his position well, making accurate throws on the infield. A polished pitcher who could move quickly, Kown's poise and maturity on the mound will only aid in his success as he faces advanced hitters at higher levels.

Performance

Year

Team

W-L

ERA

G

GS

SV

SO

BB

IP

WHIP

2004

Oneonta

1-2

2.85

9

9

0

37

13

49.0

1.29


Health Record
Andrew has experienced no significant injuries.

The Future
Kown will likely team with fellow 2004 draftee Nate Bumstead to anchor the West Michigan staff in 2005. As a polished collegiate pitcher in the Midwest League, Andrew should experience high levels of success, possibly pushing for a promotion by mid-season. Look for Kown to take advantage of the spacious dimensions of Fifth-Third Park, keeping opposing offenses at bay. With a strong start to the 2005 season, Kown could force the Tigers to move him quickly, possibly seeing significant time with Lakeland this summer. Expect Andrew to move quickly through the Tigers system, possibly being the first 2004 draft choice to reach Detroit, sometime late in 2006 if things break right. No matter how quickly he moves, Kown is a pretty good bet to contribute in Detroit at some point.


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