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Bubba Starling | Outfielder | #11

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/3/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (5) / KC
Contract: view contract details
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Royals placed OF Bubba Starling to the 60-day disabled list with an oblique injury.
He will miss the remainder of the 2017 season. The move was made as a procedural move though to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for Onelki Garcia. Aug 26 - 2:57 PM

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Bubba Starling has suffered a new oblique injury at Triple-A Omaha and is done for the season.

That will conclude a highly disappointing 2017 for the former No. 5 overall draft pick, who batted just .248/.303/.381 with seven home runs and five stolen bases in 80 games this season at Triple-A Omaha. Starling, who turned 25 years old earlier this month, has yet to appear in a major league game.
Aug 22 - 5:42 PM

Royals optioned OF Bubba Starling, RHP Andrew Edwards, C Cam Gallagher and INF Ramon Torres to Triple-A Omaha.

After showing sings of progress in 2015, Starling was a huge disappointment last year, hitting just .183/.235/.298 between Double- and Triple-A. The 2011 first-round pick is a major long shot at this point.
Mar 17 - 12:17 PM

Royals prospect outfielder Bubba Starling left camp on Wednesday to undergo LASIK eye surgery.

The surgery has been planned. Starling, 24, is expected back to return on Thursday night. The 2011 No. 5 overall pick struggled with a rough .183/.235/.298 batting line over 109 games last season between Double- and Triple-A. He piled up strikeouts at an alarming rate. The Royals are surely hoping the surgery will pay dividends.
Mar 8 - 1:47 PM

Royals OF prospect Bubba Starling connected on two homers Sunday in a blowout win for Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

This one wasn't even close as the Naturals rolled to an easy 16-3 victory. Sunday marked Starling's first multi-homer game since July 2, 2012. Starling is known for getting off to hot starts. He hit .386 with 12 RBI in his first 12 games last season and already has four RBI this year. 2016 certainly has the makings of a breakout season for the former first-round pick.
Source: MILB.com
Mon, Apr 11, 2016 02:43:00 PM

Royals optioned OF Bubba Starling, RHP Alec Mills, INF Ramon Torres, and OF Jorge Bonifacio to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Starling was 2-for-18 with an inside-the-park home run in eight Cactus League games. He'll be able to get more at-bats on the minor league side of Royals camp. The former top outfield prospect batted ,269/.337/.448 with 12 home runs and six stolen bases in 103 games last summer between High-A and Double-A.
Mon, Mar 14, 2016 11:42:00 AM

Bubba Starling hit an inside-the-park home run in the Royals' defeat of the Rockies on Tuesday.

It started with a two-strike smash to the center field wall off Rockies reliever Jason Motte. A slight misplay then allowed Starling to race around the bases and score. The 23-year-old former top prospect will be looking to take a big step forward in 2016 after slashing .269/.337/.448 with 12 home runs and six stolen bases in 103 games last summer between High-A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He is probably ticketed for a return to Double-A to open the year.
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 05:33:00 PM

Royals purchased the contract of OF Bubba Starling from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

The 23-year-old is now protected from the Rule 5 draft. After a rough 2014 season, the former first round pick made some strides in 2015, slashing .269/.337/.448 with 12 homers, 44 RBI and a 108/37 K/BB ratio in 103 games between High-A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He's expected to begin the 2016 campaign back at Double-A.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 10:30:00 PM

Royals OF prospect Bubba Starling hit for the cycle Tuesday in a win for Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

He finished it off with a ninth-inning single. The cycle was the first in club history. Starling has hit a remarkable .356 in 23 games this month with 12 RBI and 11 extra-base hits. The 22-year-old is batting .300 with an .850 OPS across two minor league levels this year.
Source: MILB.com
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 04:13:00 PM

Royals outfield prospect Bubba Starling isn't expected to miss much time after suffering a bruised right knee on Saturday with Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Starling collided with the outfield wall while trying to make a catch and then bruised his knee when he slammed to the ground. He escaped serious injury, though, and could play as soon as Sunday.
Sun, Jul 19, 2015 02:12:00 PM

Royals outfield prospect Bubba Starling had to leave the field on a cart after colliding with the outfield wall on Saturday with Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Starling was trying to bring a home run ball back and collided hard with the wall before then landing on his right knee. It's unclear at this point what and how severe his injury is. Starling's prospect status has bounce back this season, as he's hit .291/.360/.471 with seven homers between High- and Double-A after a disappointing 2014.
Sun, Jul 19, 2015 09:39:00 AM

Royals outfield prospect Bubba Starling was placed on the minor league disabled list with a strained hamstring.

Starling strained the hamstring in Sunday's game with Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He's expected to miss 3-4 weeks with the injury.
Wed, May 13, 2015 11:31:00 PM

Royals outfield prospect Bubba Starling strained his hamstring Sunday in a game with Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Starling will likely be placed on the Double-A disabled list, but it shouldn't be too long of an absence. The former No. 5 overall pick was promoted to Northwest Arkansas on April 23 after batting .386/.471/.614 in 51 plate appearances at High-A Wilmington. He finally appears to be coming into his own at age 22 after an underwhelming first three years of pro ball.
Mon, May 11, 2015 02:22:00 PM

Royals outfield prospect Bubba Starling has been promoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Starling got the bump after batting .386/.471/.614 in his first 51 plate appearances at High-A Wilmington. The former No. 5 overall pick hasn't soared through the minors like the Royals were hoping, but perhaps he's now ready to hit his stride at age 22.
Thu, Apr 23, 2015 12:02:00 PM

Royals outfield prospect Bubba Starling went 2-for-4 with a home run and a walk for High-A Wilmington, raising his season line to .210/.295/.345 .

Starling has been hot lately, going 11-for-23 with two doubles, one triple, and two home runs over his last five games, picking up at least two hits in each of them. Starling has MVP-level upside, but has failed to produce at a replacement-level since he was drafted with the fifth overall pick in 2011. If this hot streak can turn into something more, he could revive his former top-25 prospect status.
Tue, Jun 24, 2014 09:59:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
3Cameron Gallagher
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Whit Merrifield
2Raul Mondesi
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Ramon Torres
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Bubba Starling
RF1Jorge Bonifacio
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Melky Cabrera
2Brandon Moss
3Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Vargas
4Jason Hammel
5Jake Junis
6Sam Gaviglio
7Eric Skoglund
8Nate Karns
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Joakim Soria
3Brandon Maurer
4Ryan Buchter
5Scott Alexander
6Peter Moylan
7Neftali Feliz
8Kevin McCarthy
9Brian Flynn
10Miguel Almonte
11Mike Morin
12Trevor Cahill
13Andres Machado