#28 Bubba Starling, OF Kansas City Royals
Tough not to love an athlete with the name of Bubba, isn’t it?
Bubba was a two-sport athlete in high school in Kansas. Things were looking bright for Starling as he had verbally committed to play football at the University of Nebraska. Things seem to be working out great. The problem for Bubba was that he was also a standout athlete in baseball. In the 2011 MLB Draft, the Kansas City Royals selected him 5th overall and gave him a signing bonus of $7.5 million, making it easy for him to drop his hopes of college football.
While he is a very raw prospect, some of his tools are starting to take shape. Last year, Bubba batted .25 with 10 HR and 33 RBI in 53 games for the Rookie-League Burlington Royals.
With his football pedigree, Bubba showcases a big arm while paroling the outfield. Along with his enormous size (6’4″ – 190 lbs), Bubba has great speed (stole 10 bases last year).