Kansas City Royals Find A Surprise In Their Own Backyard, Select Bubba Starling

After seeing four pitchers go off the board early, the Royals selected local prep player Bubba Starling with the fifth overall pick in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.

Well the beginning of the draft didn't end up quite as the Royals envisioned, but outfielder Derek "Bubba" Starling from Gardner, Kansas is not a bad consolation prize at all. With the Kansas City brass thinking pitching coming into the draft, one could figure Kansas City would end up with Oklahoma high school pitcher Dylan Bundy.

After Rice third basemen Anthony Rendon fell down the draft chart, with the Mariners surprising everyone by selecting Virginia's Danny Hutlzen, the Royals turned their attention to Starling, the local kid who is committed to the University of Nebraska to play football. I am not too worried about Starling ever play quarterback in a Big Ten football game though, as the Royals will very likely be able to ink the high school phenom to a contract.

Starling, who many viewed as the best overall athlete in the draft has to be excited about the chance to play for the local team, and fans will certainly be excited at the chance to make amends for passing on local talent such as Albert Pujols and Logan Morrison.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Kansas City

You must be a member of SB Nation Kansas City to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Kansas City. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Kansas City

You must be a member of SB Nation Kansas City to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Kansas City. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.