Saturday, August 17, 2013

Frank Kowar, Save Record - 3462

By mid-May 1990, Frank Kowar had set a school record at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

That school record for the pitcher was saves. Kowar had eight of them. It was also enough to get a mention in The Chicago Tribune.

From that record, the Cubs picked Kowar, a Chicago-native, up in the 38th round of that June's draft. Kowar's pro career, and his pro save total, though, were limited. He played just a single season, 15 outings, at short-season St. Catharines.

He also saved just two games.

Kowar, whose name has also been spelled Frank Kower, went to UNC-Charlotte from 1987 to 1990. In 1990, he got into 31 games for the 49ers, still tied for most appearances in a season at the school.

He also went on to get a total of nine saves that year in 1990, a number that remained the school record for 10 years, according to the school's media guide.

From there, Kowar turned pro, signing with the Blue Jays as that late-round pick, and was assigned to St. Catharines in the New York-Penn League.

At St. Catharines, Kowar got into those 15 games, with 31.2 innings worked. Kowar gave up 10 earned runs, striking out 17. His ERA came in at 2.84, picking up those two saves and a loss. It was his only season as a pro.
1990 CMC-Pro Cards Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:1,260
Made the Majors: 699 - 55.5%
Never Made Majors: 561-44.5%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 300
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 178

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