Sparkman’s changeup averaged 85.7 mph (his fastball was 93.7 mph) and did not get too many swings and misses with just a 5.3% swinging K rate. While it had a very good 44.4% zone rate it did not get hitters to expand the zone much with a paltry 21.3% chase rate.
Sparkman’s primary breaking pitch, his curveball wasn’t much of a swing and miss pitch with a pretty underwhelming 9.4% swinging K rate (19.2% whiffs). It was also hit hard allowing an xwOBA of .373. Just a 28.5% chase rate doesn’t inspire much interest here either.
Sparkman’s fastball averaged 93.4 mph and topped out at 97 mph. It was easily his most thrown pitch at 60.7%. The batted ball results were subpar as it allowed a .371 xwOBA to opposing batters.
The slider was a very solid swing and miss pitch for Sparkman this past season as it returned a 16.2% swinging K rate (36.3% whiffs). It had a subpar 29.6% zone rate, but it was pretty decent at getting swings out of the zone with a 35.1% chase rate.
Sparkman’s 95 mph fastball graded out as an average pitch in 2018. He did generate a 46% ground-ball rate and 14% K rate with the four-seamer, but he also allowed a .195 ISO, 11% HR/FB rate, and only generated a 7% swinging-strike rate.
This 87 mph slider was the strikeout pitch for Sparkman in 2018, as he generated a 23% K rate and an 18% swinging-strike rate with the pitch. The slider graded out as negative on the season, however, because he was unable to control it and throw it for strikes, only tossing 36% of sliders for strikes.
Sparkman’s changeup was an erratic pitch in 2018. While he did not allow a home run and generated a 46% ground-ball rate, he also threw more balls than strikes with the pitch and had trouble generating swings and misses—with an 8% K rate and a low 5% swinging-strike rate.
This 80 mph curveball was an average pitch for Sparkman in 2018. He generated a 77% ground-ball rate and an 11% swinging-strike rate on it. Even though he did not walk a batter with the curveball, he did have problems throwing it for a strike, with only 39% of his benders hitting the zone.