Full name is Glenn Michael Sparkman…resides in Wimberley, Texas, with his wife, Katherine and children, Raelynn and Beau ... Graduated from Ganado High School (Texas) in 2011 ... Pitched for two seasons at Wharton Junior College in Wharton, Texas…posted a 5-4 record with a 2.78 ERA (24 ER in 77.2 IP) with five complete games and a 0.86 WHIP in his sophomore season (2013).
Recorded a career-high 136.0 innings in the Majors, after entering the season with just 39.1 innings pitched at the big league level from 2017-18 ... Started the season at Omaha (AAA), but made just one scoreless relief appearance before being recalled on April 8 to mark his first of three stints with the Royals ... Went 0-1 with an 8.10 ER (6 ER in 6.2 IP) in his first three appearances with Kansas City, before being optioned on April 21 ... Made one start with Omaha on April 26 vs. Memphis, allowing just one unearned run in 5.1 innings ... Recalled as the 26th man for the May 1 doubleheader vs. Tampa Bay, who entered with the best record in the Majors…started Game 2 vs. Blake Snell and earned his first Major League win in his 21st appearance (4th start) with a career-high 7.0 shutout innings on just three hits, becoming the first Royal to record 7.0 shutout innings on three hits or fewer within his first four career starts since Zack Greinke on June 8, 2004 vs. Montreal ... According to Elias, he's the first Royal ever to earn his first career win over a reigning Cy Young Award winner, and the first in the Majors to do it since Atlanta's Luiz Gohara beat Max Scherzer for his first win on Sept. 13, 2017 ... His first career win in the second game of the May 1 doubleheader clinched the Royals first sweep of a traditional doubleheader since Sept. 13, 2008 at Cleveland ... Was returned to Omaha following the May 1 doubleheader, but was recalled on May 6, and remained with Kansas City for the rest of the season ... Made five relief appearances with the Royals from May 7-25, in which he posted a 1.64 ERA (2 ER in 11.0 IP) ... Moved into the starting rotation on May 29, and would make his remaining 22 appearances in that role ... Went 1-2 despite a 3.00 ERA (8 ER in 24.0 IP) and .226 opponents' average (21-for-93) over a four-start stretch from June 4-20 vs. Boston, vs. Chicago, at Minnesota and vs. Minnesota ... Earned his second win on June 20 vs. Minnesota, matching a career-high with 7.0 innings of one-run ball to snap Jake Odorizzi's 10-game (11-start) win streak ... Recorded his first career shutout with a career-high eight strikeouts on July 16 vs. the White Sox, the first shutout by a Royal since Jason Vargas blanked the Indians on June 2, 2017…it was the first shutout by a Royals right-hander since Johnny Cueto's on Aug. 10, 2015 vs. Detroit ... Went 1-6 with a 7.76 ERA (54 ER in 62.2 IP) over his last 13 starts following the July 16 shutout, including six consecutive losses over nine starts from July 21-Sept. 5 ... Did not allow an extra-base hit with a runner in scoring position over his first 12 appearances with the Royals from April 9-June 9 ... Allowed a career-high 30 home runs, one shy of Jakob Junis for most by a Royal and tied for ninth most in the American League ... Allowed three homers in a 12-pitch span in the fourth inning on Sept. 5 vs. Detroit, joining Danny Duffy (Aug. 3 at Minnesota) as Royals to allow three homers in a single inning in 2019 ... Of the 30 homers he allowed, 18 were hit by left-handed batters, two shy of Trevor Bauer and Domingo German for most in the Majors ... Went 3-6 with a 4.01 ERA (34 ER in 76.1 IP) at home, but 15 of those 34 earned runs (44.1%) came in two starts…had a 2.55 ERA (19 ER in 67.0 IP) in his other 14 home outings ... Allowed two earned runs or fewer in 12 of his 16 home outings, including each of his first 10 (5 starts) from April 9-July 16, a stretch in which he went 3-2 with a 1.76 ERA (9 ER in 46.0 IP).
Had three stints with Kansas City, from: July 8-Aug. 12, Aug. 13-23 and Sept. 4 through season's end...Started the season at Northwest Arkansas (AA), where he went 3-2 with a 2.94 ERA (11 ER in 33.2 IP), 26 strikeouts, one walk and no HR in six starts...Transferred to Omaha (AAA) on May 12 and went 4-1 with a 4.58 ERA (28 ER in 55 IP) in 10 starts...Selected on July 8 and made his Royals debut that day vs. Boston, allowing three runs on four hits and one walk in 1.2 innings of relief...Suffered his first career loss in his next outing, July 11 at Minnesota, allowing a run on three hits and two intentional walks in 1.2 innings...Held opponents scoreless over his next three appearances (5.1 IP) from July 15-28...Recorded 4.1 innings on Aug. 10 vs. St. Louis, the longest relief outing by a Royal in 2018...Made his first career start on Aug. 16 vs. Toronto (2 ER in 4 IP) and took the no-decision in a 6-2 win...Recorded a career-high five strikeouts in his next start, Aug. 21 at Tampa Bay (3 ER in 4 IP), a 4-1 loss...Returned to Omaha on Aug. 23 for two starts, in which he went 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA (2 ER in 12.1 IP), including 7.0 shutout innings, eight strikeouts and no walks on Aug. 31 at New Orleans...Went 0-1 despite a 3.14 ER (5 ER in 14.1 IP) following his Sept. 4 recall, including five appearances (1 start)...Made his last appearance on Sept. 27 vs. Cleveland, a 5.0-inning start, in which he allowed just one run but took the no-decision in a 2-1 Royals win...Opened the season with 48.2 innings without allowing a HR, including six starts with Northwest Arkansas and his first two-plus starts with Omaha…streak lasted a total of 63 innings dating back to last June with Buffalo (AAA), and included his first two Major League appearances with the Blue Jays...Held opponents to a .191 average (9-for-47) with two outs.
Limited to 12 appearances and six starts between five different stops in an injury-plagued season…that included making his big league debut with Toronto on June 30 vs. Boston... Recorded 1.0 inning of work in the Majors, tossing 0.2 innings against the Red Sox in his debut and 0.1 inning vs. the Sox on July 2... Designated for assignment on July 3 and returned to the Royals' organization after being selected in the previous Rule 5 Draft... Opened the season on the 10-day disabled list (fractured right thumb)…made appearances with Dunedin (A), New Hampshire (AA) and Buffalo (AAA) as part of his rehab assignment…finished the year with three outings at Northwest Arkansas (AA), before being placed on the disabled list on July 27, which ended his season... Had a combined 2-4 mark and a save with a 2.37 ERA (8 ER in 30.1 IP) in a combined 10 minor league appearances (six starts).
Missed the majority of the first half of the season due to injury...Appeared in seven games with the AZL Royals on a rebab assignment, posting a 5.40 ERA in seven starts (10ER/16.2IP)...After being activated from the DL in July, split the remainder of the year between Lexington (A), Wilmington (Adv. A) and Northwest Arkansas (AA)...His combined 5.22 ERA was the highest in his four year professional career.