Glenn Sparkman

Age 28 SP/RP
  • Born 05/10/1992
  • Bats R
  • Team: Kansas City Royals
2019 Statistics
W-L
4-11
IP
136
ERA
6.02
WHIP
1.51
K
81
K%
13.4
2020 Prediction
Coming Soon
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2018
2019
Changeup
13.3% Thrown 85.7 MPH 16 CSW%
Curveball
18.1% Thrown 79.3 MPH 20 CSW%
Four-Seamer
61.1% Thrown 93.5 MPH 26.3 CSW%
Slider
7.5% Thrown 82.7 MPH 25.6 CSW%

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.

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Ryan Amore

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.

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Ryan Amore

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.

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Ryan Amore

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.

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Ryan Amore
2018
2019
Four-Seamer
56.4% Thrown 93.9 MPH
Slider
25.5% Thrown 86.4 MPH
Changeup
9.9% Thrown 85.2 MPH
Curveball
8.2% Thrown 79.9 MPH

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.

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