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Bubba Starling

Born: 08/03/1992 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4" Weight: 180
Primary Position: CF
Secondary Position: RF
Physical/Health
Looks the part; excellent size/strength; fast-twitch athlete; healthy
Evaluator Jason Parks
Report Date 05/03/2014
Dates Seen Spring Training 2014
Affiliate Wilmington Blue Rocks (High A, Royals)
Makeup

Easily frustrated in backfield games; struggles with adjustments during at-bats and games; always appears to work hard during instruction.

MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2017 High 55 40; 5th outfielder No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 30 Well below-average; lacks much projection; observation suggests a low neurological ceiling when it comes to bat-to-ball skills; obvious pitch recognition and reaction issues; poor balance at the plate; stays tall and isn't fluid in his actions; isn't a free swinger/hacker but easily fooled by sequence and off-speed offerings; can beat him inside with velocity; crushed by arm-side pitching; mistake hitter with bat speed and strength but lacks major league quality pitch recognition skills and will never hit high-end pitching.
Power 50 Above-average raw power because of strength, bat speed and lift in swing; poor contact ability will limit raw power from finding game utility; could play to solid-average if everything clicks, but most likely below-average against major league pitching.
Baserunning/Speed 60 Routinely clocks in the sub 4.2 range to first; excellent second gear; can start slow out of the blocks but can reach sprint speed after a few strides; runs the bases well and will have some SB potential; range in CF is above-average, with very good recovery speed during game action.
Glove 55 I think the defense is overrated; he can clearly play the position but I don't see the well above-average skills others seem to. He can track and use his athleticism to make route adjustments; glove plays fine; has plus speed but doesn't impact the outfield game like you would expect; solid-average overall.
Arm 65 Easy plus arm; raw arm strength could be 70; good line and carry on throws; accuracy can come and go, but overall tool should be a weapon in the field.
Overall

Athleticism and loud raw tools but well below-average hit tool will spoil the party; terminal pitch recognition skills; will struggle with contact and could fail to eclipse Mendoza line; raw power exists because of bat speed and strength, but unlikely to play to potential because of aforementioned hit tool/recognition issues; plus athlete with major league quality defensive profile in center; speed is weapon; arm is weapon; overall profile is Drew Stubbs-light.

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