Many have trouble separating the myth from fact when it comes to high schooler Bubba Starling. Does he regularly hit homeruns off light posts? Some think some of his homeruns STILL havenâ€™t landed. Some say he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds. Others say he can throw a football 50 yards from his knees.
His high school baseball coach believes the legend and the reality are the same. His mother doesnâ€™t understand why people talk about her son as if he was a god.
Many travel to watch the 6 foot 5, 193 pound senior in high school take batting practice, especially now with the MLB draft less than a month away. Heâ€™s a five-tool centerfielder and some scouts consider him to be the best three-sport athlete since Dave Winfield. With some of the college talent possibly sliding in the draft due to injury (Anthony Rendon and Matt Purke) or inconsistency (Gerritt Cole), Starling has moved up many draft boards.
Starling has signed on to play quarterback at the University of Nebraska and he plans to also play baseball (he also played basketball in high school). His advisor is Scott Boras. These commitments may be the huge turnoffs for some big league clubs.
Will a team dangle enough money in front of him? Well, his parents want him to go to college because he is naÃ¯ve and wonâ€™t be forced to grow up overnight. Starling also has NEVER failed.
â€œthereâ€™s not a lot of guys that run as fast as him and have that power potential.â€
Starlingâ€™s father is out of work and thatâ€™s a reason why Nebraska seems so good. Itâ€™s a guaranteed free college education and an expense the family wonâ€™t have to worry about. The baseball payday may come, but who knows? Starling himself admits that Nebraska sounds good at the moment. However he has always dreamed of playing for the KC Royals. Right now, Nebraska is winning the race over baseball, but the draft hasnâ€™t begun. Everything is just speculation.
With a new CBA expected during the winter that may cap draft pick bonuses, ALL high picks will most likely aim high when asking for bonuses. Starling is no different, and he can afford to with a free college education to fall back on. Rumors are that his signing bonus could be between $5 million and $6 million.
The KC Royals are the most logical destination for Starling in this Juneâ€™s draft. 1. Heâ€™s a local kid and it would be a great PR move for the Royals. 2. Theyâ€™ve dealt with Boras before (Luke Hochevar, Aaron Crow, Eric Hosmer, and Christian Colon). 3. They need a prospect with power potential. 4. They have the #5 pick and the consensus is he will go there (unless a team higher decides to gamble on Starling).