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).
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.