July 15, 2010 1 Comment
As I put the finishing touches on a top 20 prospects list for USA Baseball’s Tournament of Stars (June 23-27), I am posting the writeup for my No. 1 prospect, Bubba Starling.
1. Bubba Starling, of, Gardner-Edgerton HS, Gardner, Kan.
DOB: 08/03/92 | HT.: 6-5 | WT.: 192 | B-T: R-R | Commitment: Nebraska
Summary: Combining a long, athletic build with fluid, major-league actions, Starling has obvious five-tool talent that belongs in the top half of the first round. He demonstrates a discerning eye at the plate, using premium bat speed and exceptional hand-eye coordination to barrel up whatever pitch he selects. Generating loft while staying short to the ball, he owns a true swing path that will allow him to hit for both average and plus power. Starling’s present speed grades as plus right now – he recorded 6.53 and 6.58 60-yard-dash times at the event – although he figures to be more of a solid-average runner upon physical maturation. He pitched as well, touching 91 mph, arm strength that will play well in right field. Starling is also a prized quarterback recruit committed to play for Nebraska.
Video (filmed by Baseball America draft writer Conor Glassey):
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