3 Royals with doomed futures in Kansas City after shortened season

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Glenn Sparkman #57 of the Kansas City Royals (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

These Royals won’t be returning to Kansas City for the 2021 season after the shortened 2020 season hurt their resumé.

While the Kansas City Royals have looked better over the past week, it’s too late for these 3 Royals to salvage their careers and they should plan on either playing elsewhere next season or calling it a career all together.

Let’s take a look at the 3 Royals in question.

 3. Glenn Sparkman

The Royals tried to turn Glenn Sparkman into something, but it’s not working out and it’s time to move on from the 28-year-old right-handed pitcher.

Sparkman first broke onto the scene for the Royals in 2018 and he’s remained a part of their early rebuild teams, but has never really impressed. His best ERA came in that 2018 season when he had a 4.46 ERA through 38.1 innings thrown.

The 2019 season was when Sparkman got the most opportunities to shine, pitching 136 innings. He started 23 games and appeared in 31 total and despite the versatility to pitch in the rotation and the bullpen, was never great in either role.

Sparkman’s 2020 campaign was cut short due to injury after he threw just 5 innings and had an ugly ERA of 5.40. The Royals have plenty of pitching talent who either have performed better than Sparkman or who are still unknowns. That means it’s time to move on from Sparkman after this year.

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