build is strong; big, broad shoulders and wide hips; can fill out a little more; another great body set-up; plus athlete.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (High A, Royals)
45; bench OF
wide base open stance setup to start; hands start quiet but has a bad wrist hitch in load; when starting to swing, back elbow pinches to his hip and back shoulder dips; swing path is on upward path through the hitting zone; has little barrel control and has trouble adjusting; has serious pitch recognition issues and little plate discipline; will expand the zone often; has plus bat speed; has trouble with anything down in the zone; big swing and miss; at times, will show good approach then look lost; will use the right side often; will get tied up with velo on the inner half; often makes weak contact in BP and in game.
plus-plus raw; big lift and bat speed helps; can get good extension post contact on balls on outer half; BP pull-side power but yet to translate to game; hit tool will always limit power potential.
consistently in the 4.1 range; instinctive runner; smart on the base paths.
reads/routes were good off the bat; plus range due to plus run; very good athlete and has athleticism for bad reads; makes routine play.
gathers himself well before throwing; uses whole body to get maximum effort in throw; ball explodes out of hand with velocity; reaches all places on a line and accuracy.
He’ll play and reach the highest level based on the defensive profile but hit tool will limit the power and be sub par.
Starling made one in game adjustment I took note of. His 2nd at-bat he rolled over an outside FB for a 6-4 ground out. Next at-bat, was thrown the same pitch, let it travel and crushed it to RF for a HR. Bubba will flash stuff like this then punch out on pitches that were never near the zone. Frustrating. I just don’t think the kid ever puts it together at the plate enough to be a major league regular.