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Bubba Starling

Bubba Starling
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Starling with the Omaha Storm Chasers in 2016
Kansas City Royals
Born: (1992-08-03) August 3, 1992 (age 26)
Gardner, Kansas
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Derek "Bubba" Starling (born August 3, 1992) is an American professional baseball outfielder in the Kansas City Royals organization.

Amateur career

Starling graduated in the class of 2011 from Gardner Edgerton High School in Gardner, Kansas. Starling was an All-State selection in three different sports at Gardner-Edgerton. He earned first team Top 11 picks as a quarterback in all classifications in Kansas two years in a row. He was rated as high as the No. 6 quarterback in the class of 2011 and No. 112 in the nation for high school football recruits and was also touted as the No. 1 ranked baseball recruit in the nation.

Starling started three years at quarterback for Gardner-Edgerton's football team, and during his junior year he led the Trailblazers to the 2009 Kansas 5A State Championship game, which was won by Hutchinson. After his senior year, he was considered one of the top quarterback prospects in the nation.[1] Starling accepted a scholarship to play both football and baseball for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, but later turned it down to join the Royals.[2]

Starling was also a member of Kansas's high school All-State team in basketball.[3][4]

Professional career

As a baseball outfielder, Starling was selected by the Kansas City Royals with the 5th overall selection in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.[5] He had widely been considered to be the most athletic prospect in the draft.[6] Starling received a $7.5 million signing bonus, the second largest in draft history. Starling's bonus was also the largest ever for a high school player and his contract also represented the most guaranteed money ever given to a high school player.

On August 14, 2011, Starling signed a 7.5 million-dollar, three-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, opting to play professional baseball over a collegiate athletic career for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cornhuskers.[7][8] Starling was represented by agent Scott Boras.[9]

Starling made his professional debut in 2012 with the Burlington Royals and spent the whole season there, batting .275 with ten home runs and 33 RBIs in 53 games. In 2013, he played for the Lexington Legends where he compiled a .241 batting average with 13 home runs and 63 RBIs in 125 games, and in 2014, he played with the Wilmington Blue Rocks where he batted .218 with nine home runs and 54 RBIs in 132 games. Starling spent 2015 with both Wilmington and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, compiling a combined .269 batting average with 12 home runs and 44 RBIs in 103 total games between both clubs.

The Royals added Starling to their 40-man roster after the 2015 season.[10] He began 2016 with Northwest Arkansas and was promoted to the Omaha Storm Chasers in July. In 109 games between the two teams he batted .183 with seven home runs and 40 RBIs. Starling spent 2017 with Omaha where he slashed .248/.303/.381 with seven home runs and 21 RBIs in 80 games.[11]

Starling began 2018 with Omaha.


Starling was born and raised in Gardner, Kansas where his mother had also been a three-sport athlete at Gardner-Edgerton High School. His father had played basketball at nearby Wellsville High School.


  1. ^ Pinto, Michael (December 28, 2010). "College Football Recruiting 2011: Where Are the Top 10 Quarterbacks Headed? | Bleacher Report". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ Smith, Erick (June 7, 2011). "Royals take Nebraska football recruit Bubba Starling No. 5 in MLB draft - Campus Rivalry: College Football & Basketball News, Recruiting, Game Picks, and More - USATODAY.com". USA Today. ISSN 0734-7456. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ Glicksman, Ben (2011). "Kansas star Bubba Starling must choose between baseball, football - SI.com - High School Player of the Week". cnn.com. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ "Gardner-Edgerton Football's Bubba Starling". ihigh.com. February 1, 2011. Archived from the original on August 14, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ "Pittsburgh Pirates take UCLA's Gerrit Cole with No. 1 pick in draft - ESPN". Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ Palmer, Tod (2011). "Hometown fans in Gardner thrilled by Royals' selection - KansasCity.com". kansascity.com. Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ "Report: Bubba Starling signs for $7.5M". Associated Press. Retrieved 2011.
  8. ^ Dodd, Rustin (August 15, 2011). "Royals sign first-round pick Bubba Starling". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved 2011.
  9. ^ Hoffman, Benjamin (June 6, 2011). "Pirates Make U.C.L.A. Pitcher No. 1 Pick in Draft - NYTimes.com". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2011.
  10. ^ Axford among four DFAed by Rockies
  11. ^ "Bubba Starling Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved 2018.

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