The Kansas City Royals picked local kid, Bubba Starling with the fifth pick in the 2011 MLB Draft. Derek "Bubba" Starling was the highest-ranked high school player on most mock draft boards. He's a two-sport star recruited to play quarterback for Nebraska next season. Baseball scouts drool over his five-tool potential and consider him the best athlete in the draft. He's a bit raw at the plate but shows great potential.
The real fun begins now for this kid represented by agent Scott Boras. It's going to take an estimated $5 million signing bonus to get him to forgo college quarterback fame at Nebraska and spend a few years in the minor leagues learning how to play professional baseball.
"People think they know I'm going to take the money," Starling said in a recent interview. "They don't know. They don't know I love football as much as I do."
Drafting him with a top seven pick at least gives the team protection. If they aren't able to sign him, a compensation pick in the 2012 MLB Draft will be awarded.
Drafting him this high is a bit of a risk but for a guy compared to Josh Hamilton, it's probably worth it. Starling is 6-5, 195 pounds and just 18-years-old. He comes from Overland Park, KS.
Washington Nationals are up next with the sixth pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.