Glenn Sparkman

Glenn Sparkman is currently rehabbing his elbow in Surprise and is hopeful of joining an affiliate soon during the 2016 season. Selected by the Royals in the 20th round of the 2013 draft, the right hander owns sparkling career minor league marks of 11-5 with a 1.82 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 185 K’s in 177.2 IP. In his most recent full season, Sparkman had a Carolina League leading 1.56 ERA for Wilmington in 2014 (also best in the Royals system). For his efforts, Sparkman earned both Wilmington and Carolina League Pitcher of the Year. He recently joined Dave O to give an update on his current status, a complete scouting report on what he features, a fascinating story of growing up in a town of 2,000 and lots more! (Photo Courtesy John Owen/Northwest Arkansas Naturals)

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Corey Toups

Corey Toups was selected by the Royals in the 15th round of the 2014 draft out of Sam Houston State, where he was a teammate of current Northwest Arkansas slugger Ryan O’Hearn. A middle infielder for High A Wilmington, Toups was a Pioneer League All-Star at Idaho Falls in 2014 when he led the entire league in on base percentage (.453). He followed that up with Lexington in 2015 as the league leader in runs scored (75) and 10th in batting average (.291), as well as 4th in the Royals system in stolen bases (31). He first caught up with Dave O the day after being drafted in June of 2014 and recently joined Clubhouse Conversation again to talk about each of the last two years, his progress on the guitar and with Rubik’s Cubes, playing for Jamie Quirk and lots more! (Photo Courtesy Mary Lay/Lexington Legends)

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Brooks Pounders

Brooks Pounders begins the 2016 season in the starting rotation of the Omaha Storm Chasers, where he has marks of 3-1 with a 3.41 ERA and 37 K’s in 31.2 IP (as of May 12th). Originally a 2nd round selection of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009, Pounders came to the Royals in a trade that sent infielder Yamacio Navarro to the Steel City. He recently joined Dave O to talk about tossing Northwest Arkansas’s first ever no-hitter, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, winning the highly sought after “Moniker Madness” award and lots more! (Photo Courtesy Minda Haas Kuhlmann)

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Mauricio Ramos

Mauricio Ramos begins the 2016 season at Northwest Arkansas (AA) where he’s hitting an impressive .364/.457/.820 through May 5th. Signed by the Royals out of Colombia in August of 2010, Ramos helped lead his home country to a win in the qualifying rounds of the World Baseball Classic this spring, the first such time Colombia has become WBC eligible (2017). The third baseman recently joined Dave O to talk about baseball and life in Colombia, how much the WBC means to the country, how the Royals signed him after the Tampa Bay deal fell through, what he’s working on most and lots more! (Photo Courtesy John Owen/Northwest Arkansas Naturals)

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Jonathan Dziedzic

Jonathan Dziedzic opens the 2016 season in the Omaha Storm Chasers starting rotation and looking to build upon a 2015 when he went 10-7 with a 3.56 ERA en route to being named the Northwest Arkansas Naturals “AA Pitcher of the Year” and a post-season Texas League All-Star. Selected by Kansas City in the 13th round of the 2013 draft out of Lamar, Dziedzic was a non-roster invitee to Big League camp this past spring. The 6-1 lefty recently joined Dave O to talk about how the heck to correctly pronounce his name, the nickname “Eye Chart,” being drafted twice, a full scouting report and lots more! (Photo Courtesy Alan Jamison/Northwest Arkansas Naturals)

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Carlos Garcia

Carlos Garcia begins the 2016 season with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals playing second, third and the outfield. Originally signed as a free agent from Venezuela, the switch-hitting Garcia led the Royals minor leagues in stolen bases last year (42) while slashing .346/.360/.707 at Lexington and Wilmington. He recently joined Dave O to talk about how KC discovered him (and talked his Dad into letting him sign!), the experience he had at the Royals Dominican Academy, how he’s learned English so well, adapting to American culture and lots more! (Photo Courtesy John Owen/Northwest Arkansas Naturals)

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Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy begins the 2016 season in the Northwest Arkansas Naturals bullpen and is looking to build upon a highly successful 2015. To be exact, the 6-3 right hander combined for a 2.74 ERA with a K/BB ratio of 40/14 between Lexington, Wilmington and Northwest Arkansas. He followed that up with KC choosing to feature him in the Arizona Fall League. Originally a 16th round selection of the Royals in the 2013 draft, the former Marist University pitcher recently joined Dave O to talk about where he was the moment KC drafted him, overcoming two bad luck injuries, a scouting report and uptick in velocity, favorite baseball movie and lots more! (Photo Courtesy Alan Jamison/Northwest Arkansas Naturals)

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Alex Gordon

Alex Gordon has made three straight All-Star Games and won four consecutive gold gloves. He needs little to no introduction. Alex joined Dave O to give the most “cliche free” interview you’ll ever hear, tackling the topics of fantasy football, family photos, protein bars, bats, pets, walk up music, autographs, journals and tons more! (Photo Courtesy Kansas City Royals)

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Brandon Downes

Brandon Downes was selected by the Royals in the 7th round of the 2014 June Amateur Draft out of the University of Virginia, where he helped lead the Cavs to runner up in the 2014 College World Series. Named to the CWS All-Tournament Team, the outfielder has spent 2015 with Lexington after beginning the year as the 14th best prospect in the Royals system (according to mlb.com). As of September 1st, Downes currently has numbers of .314/.461/.775 with 14/59/18. He recently joined Dave O to talk about playing in the CWS, being drafted by the Royals, the very memorable thing Mike Sweeney did for him at Idaho Falls and much more! (Photo Courtesy Mary Lay/Lexington Legends)

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Ryan O’Hearn

Ryan O’Hearn was selected by the Royals in the 8th round of last year’s draft out of Sam Houston State and immediately won the Pioneer League MVP at Idaho Falls after punishing the league’s pitching to the tune of .444/.590/1.034 with 13 HR’s and 54 RBI. A 6-3 left handed hitting first baseman/right fielder, O’Hearn has continued his torrid hitting in 2015, cranking 25 HR’s between Lexington and Wilmington as of August 25th. He joined Dave O this morning to talk about his impressive 2014 debut, winning this year’s Sally League Home Run Derby, his ability to draw a walk, an update on his defense and eons more! (Photo Courtesy Mary Lay/Lexington Legends)

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