Royals come to terms with Bubba Starling
The Royals tonight announced they have reached a last-minute agreement with first round draft choice Bubba Starling, the fifth overall selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. Consistent with team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“We are ecstatic and relieved to have this process behind us and have Bubba in the fold,” said Dayton Moore, Royals’ Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager. “I am extremely proud of J.J. Picollo, Lonnie Goldberg and the entire staff for the work they’ve done during these negotiations, not just in the Bubba Starling case, but all of the athletes we were able to sign on this very busy day. I’m also thrilled that we were able to come to an agreement with a fine young man from this area who put being a Royal among his priorities in this process. It’s now time to get his professional playing career underway.”
From nearby Gardner (Kan.) Edgerton High School, the 18-year-old Starling, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound centerfielder, was ranked by Baseball America as the number one high school prospect and the best high school athlete in the draft. The right-handed hitter and thrower batted .481 this spring for the Trailblazers, averaging a home run every six at bats, according the ESPN.com. In his junior and senior seasons combined, he hit better than .500 with 17 home runs. Starling played for Team USA (under 18) in the summer of 2010, hitting .339 with three home runs with 12 RBI, 20 runs scored, a .474 on-base pct. and .532 slugging pct. In addition to his time on Team USA, he also competed at the 2010 Tournament of Stars and the Under Armour All-American Game.