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Bubba Starling | Outfielder

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (22) / 8/3/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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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

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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

Royals 2011 first-round pick OF Bubba Starling was recently cited for underage drinking at a random alcohol check point following a college football game between Arizona State and Southern California.

Two other unidentified Royals' prospects were cited in the incident. "Our players put themselves in a bad spot," said J.J. Picollo, Royals assistant general manager-scouting and player development. "They made a poor decision in having a beer under age. It’s something most teenagers deal with, but we’re disappointed that they put themselves in this position." Starling, 19, turned down a football scholarship from the University of Nebraska to sign a club-record $7.5 million signing bonus before the August 15 deadline. No major disciplinary action is expected on behalf of the Royals.
Wed, Sep 28, 2011 01:50:00 PM

Royals agreed to terms with first-round pick OF Bubba Starling.

Starling held out until the last minute while considering a football scholarship to the University of Nebraska. But the Royals' generous signing bonus -- worth $7.5 million over three years -- eventually swayed the highly athletic 19-year-old. Bubba has superstar potential and has drawn comparisons, at times, to Bo Jackson.
Tue, Aug 16, 2011 12:16:00 AM

Bubba Starling is not expected to decide between football and baseball until mid-August.

Starling was selected fifth overall by the Royals in last month's 2011 MLB Amateur Draft, but he's been offered a football scholarship from the University of Nebraska and will use it as leverage to drive up the value of his signing bonus. The talented 18-year-old should eventually decide to enter the Royals' minor league system.
Tue, Jul 19, 2011 09:31:00 AM

Royals picked high school outfielder Bubba Starling with the fifth pick in the draft.

The Royals were believed to prefer a college pitcher, but with Cole, Bundy and Hultzen all gone, it was tough for them to pass on the local outfielder with the enormous ceiling. Starling figures to be a tough sign; he's also a highly regarded running quarterback already signed to Nebraska. With tremendous speed and power potential, he could be a superstar if everything clicks.
Mon, Jun 6, 2011 07:34:00 PM

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