Lamar Sparks was our 5th round selection in 2017. As I recall, it was rumored that we selected him in part to induce our 4th rounder, Jeck Conlon, a buddy of Sparks’, to forego college and sign with the O’s. If so, that ploy didn’t work, and Sparks, considered a toolsy but raw prospect, had to justify his 5th round selection on his own.
After posting a .703 OPS in the GCL the year he was drafted, Sparks missed all of 2018 with an injury. He returned to the GCL in 2019 and posted a .621 OPS. Then Covid took away the 2020 season. So, in four years in our organization, all Sparks had gotten was 301 plate appearances in the GCL.
This year, at age 22, Sparks finally joined Delmarva in late June. He had a rough first 11 games, hitting just .133/.316/.233. He was looking like a guy who just never put it together.
In his last 16 games though, Sparks has, well, shown a spark. He’s hit .290/.348/.484 in that stretch, raising his overall line to .239/.336/.402.
Nothing to get too excited about yet, but maybe Sparks still has time to turn into something.
They took the cartoon image of the Indian off the hat. They should have had some courage and kept the name. I mean, is Indian now offensive? Even indigenous peoples (American Indians) use Indian in one of their most prominent organizations, AIM.