The KC Royals lost two players to last December’s Rule 5 Draft (in the major league phase). How are those two doing and will the Royals be receiving them back in the next week as spring training comes to an end? Let’s take a look.
Lefty Daniel Stumpf was selected last year in the Rule 5 Draft, but the Philadelphia Phillies sent him back during the season. This time around, Stumpf was selected by American League Central rival Detroit. He had a minor groin issue and had a few days off a week ago. Stumpf returned to the mound on March 23rd, but allowed a run on two hits and two walks in just 1/3 of an inning.
In 7.2 innings this spring, Stumpf has allowed four runs on five hits while striking out seven. The downside is that he has walked five and given up two home runs. According to The Detroit News, Stumpf is battling former Royal (and lefty) Blaine Hardy and Angel Nesbitt for the Tigers final bullpen spot.
Right-hander Glenn Sparkman was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays. Sparkman returned from Tommy John surgery last summer. He had a rough start this spring, allowing four runs on four hits in one inning of work on February 25th. He rebounded with a scoreless inning on February 28th.
However, Sparkman broke a bone in his thumb (on his pitching hand) during pitchers fielding practice in the beginning of March and has not pitched since. The Blue Jays could keep Sparkman and place him on the DL to start the season.
So there is a good chance that the Royals do not receive either pitcher back (at least to start the season).