Royals Draft Bubba Starling
The Royals Bubba Starling in the first round of the 2011 MLB draft. Drafting 5th the Royals had hoped to get one of the four top pitchers in the draft, but that went by the boards when Seattle selected a pitcher. The next two top players on the board were Starling and Rice 3B Rendon. Royals might have considered Rendon but he is a 3B/1B type with an uncertain shoulder. So they went with the high upside risk HS OFer who played at Gardner-Edgerton High Scool which is 30 miles from Kauffman Stadium.
Near as I could tell neither the Royals nor Starling were terribly happy at how this played out. There was not a draft guru in the land who thought the offensively inept Mariners would pass on Rendon.
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