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Bubba Starling | Outfielder

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (23) / 8/3/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None

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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. Nov 20 - 10:30 PM

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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.
Jul 29 - 4:13 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.
Jul 19 - 2:12 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.
Jul 19 - 9:39 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.
May 13 - 11:31 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.
May 11 - 2:22 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.
Apr 23 - 12:02 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

Royals prospect OF Bubba Starling hit his first home run of the 2014 season on Tuesday for High-A Wilmington.

Starling, 21, was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2011 draft, but has been slow to develop and move up the organizational ladder. In his full-season debut last year at Low-A Lexington, Starling hit just .241/.329/.398 with 13 home runs, 22 stolen bases and 128 strikeouts in 125 games. Though he's currently batting .143 with six strikeouts through Wilmington's first five games, Starling's home run on Tuesday was certainly a step in the right direction.
Wed, Apr 9, 2014 12:21:00 PM

Royals prospect outfielder Bubba Starling has been assigned to High-A Wilmington.

Despite being the best athlete in the 2011 draft, the 21-year old Starling has struggled to put up batting lines that suggest anything better than a role as a bit player in the major leagues. Starling hit just .241/.329/.398 with 13 homers in 2013 with 128 strikeouts, but seemed to pick it up at the end of the season, hitting .306/.381/.524 with five home runs over the season's last 36 games. This may be the 'make or break' year for Starling, as the whispers about his inability to make consistent contact may turn into a more common refrain.
Tue, Apr 1, 2014 12:48:00 PM

Royals assistant general manager J.J. Picollo said that outfield prospect Bubba Starling "is progressing just fine" in his development.

"He's a tremendous athlete, as we know," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said, "and he's a gifted center fielder, which is important in our ballpark. And he's got a chance to hit the ball out of the park. There are not a lot of athletes like that." Starling was raw when the Royals selected him No. 5 overall in 2011, and his predictably slow development has rendered him a much-maligned prospect.'s No. 26 prospect entering the season, Starling slashed just .241/.329/.398 with 13 homers in 125 games for Class-A Lexington. He played much better in the second half, however, batting .311 after the beginning of August. "Once he finds an approach that works for him, I think he's going to take off," Picollo said.
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 02:08:00 PM

Royals outfield prospect Bubba Starling (hamstring) is expected to make his professional debut on Tuesday or Wednesday at short-season Burlington.

Starling has been nursing a hamstring ailment but appears to be back at 100 percent. The No. 5 overall pick in last year's draft, he's a long ways away from the big leagues but has tremendous upside.
Mon, Jun 25, 2012 07:24:00 PM

Royals prospect outfielder Bubba Starling left an exhibition game Monday with a tight hamstring.

It's not a major concern, but he's expected to get three or four days to rest. Starling was selected No. 5 overall in last year's First-Year Player Draft, but has yet to make his official pro debut.
Mon, Jun 18, 2012 05:19:00 PM

Bubba Starling (quad) took batting practice Tuesday in the Royals' fall instructional league.

Starling has been slowed by the minor quad ailment for the past week or so but should be able to do some things before the fall league concludes. The No. 5 overall selection in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft will be back to full health in time for the start of his first professional season.
Tue, Oct 11, 2011 01:42:00 PM

Royals prospect Bubba Starling is being slowed by a quad injury at the Royals' fall instructional league.

Starling, the No. 5 overall pick in June's MLB Amateur Draft, scored a franchise-record $7.5 million signing bonus from the Royals in August. The minor quad injury should be well behind him by the time he begins his first professional season next April.
Mon, Oct 10, 2011 02:39:00 PM

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