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MLB Mock Draft: Bubba Starling, 3rd-Best Prospect Should Go 3rd

The 2011 MLB Draft is just three weeks away and the Arizona Diamondbacks will have a tough choice to make with their third overall pick. Most of the recent mock drafts have LHP Danny Hultzen going to the D-backs in that slot but there's a strong case to be made for high-school stud prospect, Bubba Starling.

Starling is regarded as a five-tool center fielder who is also being recruited by Nebraska to play quarterback. He's ranked as the ninth-best quarterback in the nation. Ninth-best quarterback is impressive, but not as much as third-best baseball player in the country which where ESPN's (Insider) Keith Law has him ranked. For Starling to forgo football and agree to terms with a baseball team is going to take a lot of money. Estimates range up to a record-setting $8 million signing bonus. That's why he's fallen to the late top-10 in many 2011 MLB Mock Drafts.

AZ Snake Pit put together a fantastic list of five reasons why the D-backs should pick Starling despite the cost. It's a must read for any fan of the MLB Draft as the reasons listed apply to any team with a top ten pick on June 6.