Following a prolific collegiate career at UC Irvine, the Reds made Sparks their second round pick in 2014. Since being drafted, Sparks has been able to show some of the power that he was projected with. He hit 10 home runs in rookie league in 2014 in just 55 games. Then, Sparks responded in 2015 at Low-A by hitting 13 home runs and 22 doubles. The main issue with Sparks so far has been batting average. Through May in 2016, he was hitting just above .200 in High-A after hitting .232 in 2014 and .247 in ’15.