KC Royals select Bubba Starling 5th overall

The Kansas City Royals have selected Bubba Starling, an outfielder from Gardner Edgerton (Kan.) High School, with the fifth overall pick of the June Free Agent Draft. 

The 18-year-old Starling, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound centerfielder, was ranked by Baseball America as the number one high school prospect and the best high school athlete in the draft.  The right-handed hitter and thrower batted .481 this spring for the Trailblazers, averaging a home run every six at bats, according the ESPN.com. In his junior and senior seasons combined, he hit better than .500 with 17 home runs.  Starling played for Team USA (under 18) in the summer of 2010, hitting .339 with three home runs with 12 RBI, 20 runs scored, a .474 on-base pct. and .532 slugging pct. In addition to his time on Team USA, he also competed at the 2010 Tournament of Stars and the Under Armour Game.

Starling is a native of Gardner, Kan.  In addition to his baseball accomplishments, Starling was the Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year in football.  As the Gardner Edgerton quarterback, he ran for 2,377 yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior and threw for an additional 790 yards and eight touchdowns in leading his club to the Kansas 5A state semifinals. Over his three-year high school football career, Starling accounted for more than 8,100 yards of offense and 97 touchdowns.