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Bubba Starling, in the course of two seasons, had gone from being a former top prospect to a player that was beginning to earn the label of being a bust. Yes, Starling had all of the tools, but it did not seem as though he was going to put them together. The 2015 season was shaping up to be a very important year for Starling.
Thus far, he has met the challenge. After a hot start beginning his second season with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, Starling was promoted to Northwest Arkansas. Overall in the month of April, split across both levels, Starling has posted a .328/.414/.508 batting line, hitting two home runs while stealing two bases.
However, not everything is perfect with Bubba Starling. At the start of the year, he was 6-19, but had struck out twelve times. Since being promoted to AA, Starling has struggled once again, posting a .176/.263/.235 batting line with one extra base hit. Yes, it is a small sample size, and he still needs to adjust to the competition at Northwest Arkansas, but his slow start is something to keep in mind.
Nonetheless, it is great to see something out of Starling. Thus far, it seems that he is showing the capability that the Kansas City Royals had expected when they drafted him fifth overall.
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