Bubba Starling

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Bubba Starling
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Kansas City Royals
Born: (1992-08-03) August 3, 1992 (age 23)
Gardner, Kansas
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Derek "Bubba" Starling (born August 3, 1992) is an American professional baseball player in the Kansas City Royals organization.[1][2]

Amateur career[edit]

He 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 at quarterback for Gardner-Edgerton's football team, and was considered one of the top quarterback prospects in the nation.[3] Starling accepted a scholarship to play both football and baseball for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, but later turned it down to join the Royals.[4]

Starling was also a member of Kansas's high school All-State team in basketball.[5][6]

Professional career[edit]

As a baseball outfielder, Starling was selected by the Kansas City Royals with the 5th overall selection in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.[7] He had widely been considered to be the most athletic prospect in the draft.[8] 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 July 18 he sustained a grade 2 strained spleen against the Springfield cardinals in Double-A.

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.[9][10] Starling is represented by agent Scott Boras.[11]


Starling was one of three Royals prospects cited for underage drinking at a random alcohol checkpoint following a college football game between Arizona State and Southern California in Tempe, Arizona.[12]


  1. ^ "Bubba Starling". Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Bubba Starling Bio". Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ Pinto, Michael (December 28, 2010). "College Football Recruiting 2011: Where Are the Top 10 Quarterbacks Headed? | Bleacher Report". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ 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 June 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ Glicksman, Ben (2011). "Kansas star Bubba Starling must choose between baseball, football - SI.com - High School Player of the Week". cnn.com. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Gardner-Edgerton Football's Bubba Starling". ihigh.com. February 1, 2011. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Pittsburgh Pirates take UCLA's Gerrit Cole with No. 1 pick in draft - ESPN". Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  8. ^ Palmer, Tod (2011). "Hometown fans in Gardner thrilled by Royals’ selection - KansasCity.com". kansascity.com. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Report: Bubba Starling signs for $7.5M". Associated Press. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 
  10. ^ Dodd, Rustin (August 15, 2011). "Royals sign first-round pick Bubba Starling". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  11. ^ Hoffman, Benjamin (June 6, 2011). [http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/07/sports/baseball/pirates-make-ucla-pitcher-no-1-pick-in-draft.html? I _r=1&scp=1&sq=Starling&st=cse "Pirates Make U.C.L.A. Pitcher No. 1 Pick in Draft - NYTimes.com"]. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  12. ^ Dutton, Bob (September 28, 2011). "Royals’ Starling cited in Arizona for underage drinking". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved December 9, 2011. 

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