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A Royal In The Making: Bubba Starling



It’s been an interesting journey for Kansas City Royals’ prospect Bubba Starling.

The twenty-three year old center fielder was drafted in the first round, fifth overall, in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Royals while playing at Gardner Edgerton High School. Many expected that the Kansas Native would be in the Majors in no time, however that journey has taken a little longer than expected.

The former three-sport athlete made his pro baseball debut in the summer of 2012  with the Rookie League Burlington Royals. In fifty-three games, Starling hit .275 along with ten homers and 33 RBIs.

In 2013 he spent the entire season with the Class-A Lexington Legends, hitting .241 with thirteen homers and 63 RBIs but, struck out 128 times. In 2014 with Class A Advanced Wilmington Blue Rocks his problems at the plate continued as he hit just .218 with nine homers and 54 RBIs; striking out an even higher 150 times in 132 games.

But, it was 2015 that would start the revival of the Royals’ seventh best prospect. Kansas City invited him to Major League Camp  which led him to have a productive season at both Wilmington where he hit .386 in twelve games and Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals where he hit .254 and was invited to the Arizona Fall League.

Using the success of the 2015 season he hit .274 in the Fall League and was nominated to attend the Rising Stars Game for the top performing players in the AFL.

The 2016 season now looks very promising for the kid that grew up watching the hometown Royals and his journey throughout the Minors seems to be back on track.

Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany

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