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Bubba Starling

Born: 08/03/1992 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4" Weight: 220
Primary Position: CF
Secondary Position: RF
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)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2017 High 55 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.

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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