PBR OK Player of the Week: RHP/INF Tanner Sparks

Mon March 20, 2017


Andy Urban

Oklahoma Scouting Director

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

In the second installment of the PBR Oklahoma Player of the Week, we already have a repeat offender. This week, the overall player of the week will go to last week’s 5A winner, Tanner Sparks. Sparks is an Oklahoma State commit ranked  No. 11 in the Oklahoma 2017 class from Shawnee High School who plays shortstop and pitches in their rotation. Last week, Sparks hit .733 (11-for-15) with 15 RBI’s, two doubles, a triple, and two home runs. On the mound, the right-hander won two games, throwing eight innings, striking out 20 while only walking two, and giving up only two runs. Sparks has been a big reason Shawnee remains unbeaten.

Player of the Week By Class

(6A) Ambren Voitik, an uncommitted 5-foot-6, 145-pound middle infielder from Enid High School was hit .440 (11-for-25), including a 7-for-7 streak out of leadoff spot with four RBI’s, seven runs scored,three doubles, and four stolen bases in six games. Voitik also pitched four innings in the final game of the lancer classic in Tucson, earning the win after only allowing 2 runs, one earned. Voitik was named the tourney M.V.P.

(5A) Tanner Sparks (see above)

(4A) In a week that was incredibly tight in this class, Brock Henderson, ranked No. 22 in the Oklahoma 2017 class and Oklahoma commit from Chickasha will receive the nod. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior shortstop and pitcher put up big numbers to say the least. On the mound, the right-hander no-hit Bishop High School (Tx) for a full seven innings on 75 pitches, striking out nine, and did not surrender a walk. At the plate, the lead-off hitter posted a .692 batting average with five RBI’s, five doubles, one triple, and five stolen bases in three games.  

(3A) Michael Burke, a Florida Southwest commit, made contributions at the plate and on the mound for Holland Hall this past week. The middle infielder batted .533 (8-for-15) with two doubles, one triple, three RBI’s, five runs scored, a walk, HBP, and only struck out twice. On the mound, Burke earned a win, tossing five innings of one hit baseball, allowing just one run, striking out three and giving up four free passes.

(A) Merick Moore is an uncommitted junior for Canute High School. Moore hit .571 (4-for-7) last week with three doubles, and six RBI’s. Defensively, the catcher threw out five of eight would be base stealers.

(B) Same Webb, a junior for Southwest Covenant, had an impressive offensive week hitting .750  with one double, two triples, a home run, three stolen bases, and 11 RBI’s. Webb also earned a win on the mound, tossing a complete game, striking out eight.

Honorable Mentions

Austin Frazier, a Randall University commit from Meeker High School, hit .430 last week with an OBP of .471 on seven hits and four doubles in five games. The five-foot-seven, 145-pound shortstop also got on the mound and threw 6.2 innings with nine stikeouts, posting a 2.1 ERA.

Miguel Fulgencio
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 an uncommitted junior outfielder and pitcher from Sequoyah Claremore, hit .733 (11-for-15) with a double, three triples, a home run, 11 RBI’s, 13 runs scored, three walks and a stolen base. The 6-foot, 195 pound athlete also earned a win on the mound. Fulgencio was a big reason Sequoyah Claremore was able to go 4-and-1 at the Northeastern Oklahoma Baseball Classic last week.

London McKee
, and uncommitted junior from Chisholm High School, pitched well in two outing last week. The 6-foot, 190-pound right-hander posted a complete game, giving up one run on five hits and striking out 10 in one outing. In his other outing, McKee gave up one run on two hits while striking out five in three innings. 

Levi Prater
, ranked No. 18 in the Oklahoma 2017 class and Oklahoma commit from Byng High School, made major contributions on the mound and at the plate this week. The left-handed pitcher threw a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits, striking out 15, and did not surrender a walk on 93 pitches, 69 strikes. The 6-foot, 178 pound outfielder also hit .636 (7-for-11) with three doubles, a home run, five RBI’s, and four runs scored.

Jake Taylor
, ranked No. 4 in the Oklahoma 2017 class and Oklahoma State commit from Shawnee High School, was red hot at the dish this week. The senior catcher hit .666 (10-for-15) with four doubles, one triple, six RBI’s, and nine runs scored.

Matt Yates, an uncommitted junior for Cushing High School, batted .700 this week with two doubles, a triple, six RBI’s, and four runs scored. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound outfielder posted a .750 OBP and a 1.100 slugging percentage for the week.

Other Player of the Week Winners