DENVER -- With the amount of success the Royals have had of late, it's easy to forget that there's still talent coming through the pipeline. But on Tuesday, the Royals acknowledged the work of two of their lesser known prospects by naming Class A Advanced Wilmington right-hander Glenn Sparkman and Rookie Ball Idaho Falls first baseman Ryan O'Hearn their pitcher and player of the month for July.
In five starts last month, Sparkman went 3-0, allowing just three earned runs over 31 innings of work. He also struck out 28 batters, walking just three.
Sparkman, a 20th round selection for the Royals back in 2013, has a 1.37 ERA through 105 innings at Wilmington. He's also nearly struck out a batter per inning with 103 punchouts compared with 20 walks.
O'Hearn was just drafted in the eighth round this season but he's already making a name for himself. O'Hearn batted .405 (45-for-111) with seven home runs, 22 RBIs and 31 runs scored in 26 games last month.
O'Hearn also homered in his first professional at-bat back on June 22. In 49 Pioneer League games this season, he's batting .373 (75-for-201) with 14 doubles, 10 home runs, 41 RBIs and 51 runs scored.
Neither Sparkman and O'Hearn are listed as one of the Royals' top 20 prospects by MLB.com.
Cody Ulm is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less