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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
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Bubba Starling (oblique) is 3-4 days away from playing in extended spring training games.
Starling will then need roughly 30 at-bats in extended spring before being ready for a rehab assignment. It's been a long road back from the injury for Starling, who first suffered it last August. Injuries have derailed a once-promising career for the former No. 5 overall pick. Apr 14 - 4:51 PM

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Royals placed OF Bubba Starling on the 10-day disabled list with an oblique injury.

This oblique issue dates back to last August and Starling has been shut down for a month to see if extended rest might help solve it. The former No. 5 overall pick is no longer really a prospect and will likely be sent back to Triple-A Omaha once he's healthy.
Mar 29 - 12:15 PM

Bubba Starling (oblique) will be shut down for at least a month.

Starling has been sidelined by an oblique strain for close to 10 days and it's not showing any sign of improvement. He suffered a season-ending oblique injury last August at Triple-A Omaha. The former No. 5 overall pick will likely stay back at extended spring training through most of April.
Mar 15 - 12:53 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Friday that Bubba Starling (oblique) is "probably" a candidate to begin the season on the disabled list.

Starling has been battling a sore oblique for a few days and doesn't appear close at all to returning to action. He wasn't going to make the Opening Day roster and not looks like a good bet to spend time on the DL.
Mar 9 - 11:04 AM

Bubba Starling has been experiencing soreness in his oblique.

Starling suffered a season-ending oblique injury last August at Triple-A Omaha, so the Royals are going to play it safe and keep him away from drills and Cactus League games for at least a couple of days. The former No. 5 overall pick batted just .248/.303/.381 with seven home runs and five stolen bases in 80 games last year in the Pacific Coast League. He's not in consideration for an Opening Day roster spot with Kansas City, no matter his health status.
Mar 6 - 8:01 PM

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.
Sat, Aug 26, 2017 02:57:00 PM

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.
Tue, Aug 22, 2017 05:42:00 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.
Fri, Mar 17, 2017 12:17:00 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.
Wed, Mar 8, 2017 01:47:00 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

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2B1Whit Merrifield
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3Ryan Goins
3B1Mike Moustakas
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CF1Jon Jay
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DH1Jorge Soler
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PosRoleName
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Hammel
4Jake Junis
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6Jesse Hahn
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3Brian Flynn
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5Timothy Hill
6Blaine Boyer
7Brad Keller
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