Sparkman, whose velocity ticked up to 96-97 mph in relief this spring, was on track to make the big-league bullpen when camp was suspended, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
He was converted to the bullpen this spring and logged a 1.08 ERA, 0.60 WHIP and 12:0 K:BB in 8.1 innings. It's a very small sample, but now that he is throwing in the upper-90s, Sparkman immediately becomes an intriguing name to track in the Royals bullpen. Even so, Ian Kennedy is the closer until further notice.
Sparkman allowed two runs on five hits and a walk in five innings Saturday against the Twins, striking out four. He did not factor into the decision.
Sparkman didn't exactly dominate, but he kept his team in a game which they would eventually lose by one run. That's better than one can say about most of Sparkman's starts this season, as he'll finish the year with a 6.02 ERA. His poor 13.4 percent strikeout rate makes it hard to envision significant improvement for him next season.
Sparkman didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 12-5 win over the Twins, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks over four-plus innings while striking out four.
The right-hander was nursing a 2-1 lead through four innings, but the wheels came off in the fifth, as Sparkman put the first four batters aboard before getting the hook, with all four eventually coming around to score. Fortunately for him, he avoided his 12th loss when the Royals rallied to tie it in the top of the sixth before erupting for seven runs in the ninth. Sparkman is set for one more start in 2019, taking a 6.11 ERA and 77:40 K:BB through 131 innings into a home rematch with the Twins on Sept. 28.
Sparkman threw 4.1 innings in a no-decision against the Athletics on Monday, giving up four earned runs on six hits, striking out one and walking three in the Royals' 6-5 victory.
Oakland jumped on Sparkman for all four of his earned runs in the first two innings. The right-hander has struggled this season, posting a 6.02 ERA and 1.50 WHIP, thanks in large part to his propensity for giving up the long ball, with 29 homers to his name over 127 innings.
Sparkman (4-11) picked up the win in Wednesday's 8-6 victory over the White Sox, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk over five innings while striking out four.
The right-hander coughed up all three runs in the first inning but settled down after that, and the Royals backed him up with five homers on the night. It's Sparkman's first win since July 16, and he'll take a 5.94 ERA and 72:35 K:BB through 122.2 innings into his next start Monday in Oakland.
Sparkman (3-11) allowed four earned runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out two across four innings to take the loss Thursday against the Tigers.
Sparkman held the Tigers to just one run through three innings, but was burned by the long ball in his final frame. After getting the leadoff batter out, Sparkman surrendered solo home runs to three of the final five batters he faced to sour his outing. He now owns an ugly 5.97 ERA and 1.50 WHIP across 117.2 innings for the season and will draw his next start Wednesday at the White Sox.
Sparkman (3-10) allowed seven earned runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out one across 4.1 innings to take the loss Thursday against the Athletics.
Sparkman immediately ran into problems, allowing two singles and hitting two batters in the first inning, which resulted in one earned run. While he held the Athletics scoreless for the following two innings, he allowed a combined six earned runs across his last 1.1 frames to conclude the disastrous outing. Sparkman had a brief stretch of effectiveness in two mid-August starts, though his 5.86 ERA and 1.49 WHIP across 113.2 innings for the season are indicative of his reliability.
Sparkman (3-9) took the loss Saturday at Cleveland after allowing four runs on six hits across 4.1 innings. He struck out our and walked three.
Sparkman entered Saturday having delivered two straight quality starts, but the third inning proved to be his undoing as he served up a three-run homer to Franmil Reyes. The 27-year-old has a 5.52 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 65:33 K:BB through 109.1 innings and lines up to pitch Thursday versus the Athletics.
Sparkman gave up three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three through six innings in a no-decision against the Mets on Sunday.
Sparkman allowed a three-run home run in the first inning, but he was able to rebound for five scoreless innings to deliver his second quality start in as many outings. Sparkman had a 2.84 ERA at home coming into this contest, and he continued his solid work at Kauffman Stadium. The 27-year-old has a 5.40 ERA and 61 strikeouts through 16 starts this season. Sparkman will make his next start Saturday against the Indians at Progressive Field.
Sparkman (3-8) took the loss against the Cardinals on Tuesday, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits over six innings, striking out two and walking one as the Royals fell 2-0.
The right-hander tossed a quality start, but was dealt a hard-luck defeat in a low-scoring pitcher's duel against Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty. It was a nice bounce-back outing, as Sparkman had given up at least four earned in each of his last four starts coming into the contest. However, his numbers on the season remain unimpressive, as he's sporting a 5.32 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 53:25 K:BB across 94.2 innings.
Sparkman struck out five in 4.1 innings while giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks Wednesday against the Red Sox before the contest was suspended in the top of the 10th inning with the score tied at 4-4.
Sparkman was on the hook for the loss before the Royals rallied for the tying run in the top of the seventh. The two sides are scheduled to complete the suspended game Aug. 22, so the statistics Sparkman accrued won't be applied to his season-long line until that time.
Sparkman didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 11-9 loss to the Twins, surrendering six runs on six hits and three walks over 4.2 innings while striking out four.
The right-hander continues to struggle. Sparkman has given up at least four runs in six of his last seven starts, staggering to an 8.08 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and 24:12 K:BB through 39 innings over that stretch. He'll try to turn things around in his next outing Wednesday in Boston.
Sparkman (3-7) took the loss Saturday, surrendering eight runs on nine hits -- including three home runs -- and a walk over five innings while striking out four as the Royals were routed 9-1 by Cleveland.
The right-hander may never want to see Cleveland in the opposite dugout again -- in three starts against them this year, Sparkman's been tagged for 18 runs and eight homers in 16.1 innings. Toss those outings out, and he would have a respectable 4.26 ERA. Instead, he'll carry a 5.25 ERA and 47:21 K:BB through 84 innings into his next start Friday in Minnesota.
Sparkman (3-6) took the loss after yielding four runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out one over 5.2 innings Sunday against Cleveland.
Sparkman's offense provided him with an early 2-0 lead, but he gave up two runs in the third followed by two more in the sixth before exiting his outing. The 27-year-old right-hander tossed a complete-game shutout in his last start, but he wasn't able to carry that momentum into Sunday's series finale. He'll enter his next outing with a 4.67 ERA and 43 strikeouts over 79 innings.
Sparkman (3-5) threw a complete-game shutout, allowing five hits with one walk and eight strikeouts to earn a victory against the White Sox on Tuesday.
This kind of came out of no where -- Sparkman had allowed 12 runs in his last nine innings coming into this outing. Sparkman couldn't have had a better bounce-back performance, as he ended his two-game losing streak. Sparkman saw his ERA drop more than 70 points after this appearance. He has three wins with a 4.54 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 42 strikeouts in 73.1 innings across 18 appearances, including 10 starts. He will look to keep it going at the Indians on Sunday.
Sparkman allowed four runs on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts across six innings to take the loss to the Nationals on Saturday.
The 27-year-old pitched better than he did in his last outing, but that's not saying much, as he yielded eight runs in three frames and is 0-2 with a 10.43 ERA during his last three starts. Sparkman is 2-5 with a 5.18 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 34 strikeouts in 64.1 innings this year.
Sparkman (2-4) allowed eight runs on nine hits with one walk and one strikeout across three innings while taking a loss against the Blue Jays on Monday.
Included in those nine hits during just three innings, the Blue Jays took Sparkman deep three times. Through 16 appearances, including eight starts this year, Sparkman has yielded almost as many homers (13) as walks (15). He is 2-4 with a 5.09 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 31 strikeouts in 58.1 innings this season. Sparkman will get one more chance to get right before the All-Star break Saturday at the Nationals.
Sparkman didn't factor into the decision in Tuesday's 8-6 win over Cleveland, giving up five runs on seven hits -- including three home runs -- and two walks over 5.2 innings while striking out three.
The right-hander seemed headed for his fourth loss of the year before the Royals mounted a stunning ninth-inning rally against Brad Hand, taking Sparkman off the hook. He's now served up eight homers in his last 30.2 innings (2.3 HR/9), and he'll carry a rapidly regressing 4.07 ERA into his next start Monday in Toronto.
Sparkman (1-3) was handed the loss Saturday at Minnesota by allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits across five innings. He struck out three and walked two.
Sparkman looked good with a 4-1 lead through four innings, but the Twins rallied for three runs on three hits and an error to ultimately turn the tide during the fifth inning. The 27-year-old has a 4.01 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 24:11 K:BB this season and lines up to face the Twins again Thursday.
Sparkman (1-2) yielded three runs (two earned) on eight hits and a walk in 6.2 innings Sunday, striking out two and taking the loss against the White Sox.
It wasn't a terrible start for the 27-year-old righty, but he didn't have many bright spots. The White Sox got started early by tagging Sparkman with two runs in the second inning, and he was later chased by a Yoan Moncada RBI single in the seventh. Sparkman's ERA sits at 3.58 across 37.2 frames in 2019. Assuming he gets another start, he should take on the hard-hitting Twins on the road Saturday.
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