MLB Draft 2011: Was Bubba Starling A Steal For The Royals At No. 5?
MLB Draft 2011 Looks At Kansas City’s Selection Of Bubba Starling With 5th Overall Pick
Kansas City’s farm system, which is arguably the best in baseball today, got even better last night when Bubba Starling was the team’s choice with the 5th pick in Monday’s draft. Of course, that’s provided the team is able to sign him away from his football scholarship to Nebraska, though no one thinks that will be a problem.
Starling was the best athlete in this draft, but because he is a high school player who was demanding a lot of money teams were shying away from him. Even the Royals were planning on going with a college pitcher who they could plug into the system and would arrive in the majors along with the rest of their top prospects around 2013.
But give the Royals credit for going with Starling. The two guys that they really wanted – Trevor Bauer and Dylan Bundy – were off the board. They could have gone with another top college pitcher, but they went with the best player available, which is something that a lot of teams won’t do.
Starling is going to need at least four years in the minors to translate all the tools that he has into production. But he should be a superstar when he enters his prime because the skills are THAT good.
He won’t reach the majors when all of the other top prospects in the Royals’ system do, but he will arrive around 2016 when those guys are hitting their prime. This team will be a dominant force in the American League Central for years to come thanks to great drafting and developing.
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