21-Year-Old Outfielder – Kansas City Royals
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
After hitting 13 home runs and stealing 22 bases over 125 games for Low-A Lexington last year, there remains a good amount of promise and hope that the 21-year old Starling will eventually blossom int...
Starling made his first Cactus League appearance Friday and went 0-for-1 against the Reds, the Kansas City Star reports.
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Kansas City Royals Roster
MajorsAoki, Norichika (OF)
AAABrooks, Aaron (P)
AAAdam, Jason (P)
A+Almonte, Miguel (P)
AAntonio, Mike (SS)
RookieBartsch, Kyle (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Starling, the former two-sport high school standout in Kansas, enjoyed his first full professional season when the Royals assigned him to their short-season Rookie League affiliate last year and he hit .275 with 10 home runs, and nine stolen bases over 232 plate appearances. He also posted a .371 OBP as well as an ISO that ran north of .200 for the year. Starling is still very much a work in progress as he also posted a strikeout rate of over 30 percent and appears to need some work on his basic hitting mechanics. Still, the raw power, the bat speed and his speed both on the bases and in the outfield make him a very intriguing option as he develops. He is still just 20 years old and needs to play a full season in the minors before we see just how quickly he could advance, but if you are playing in a dynasty league, he should be more than just on your radar.
Starling was the fifth overall pick in the 2011 draft. A local prospect, he came straight out of high school, bypassing a potential stay at the University of Nebraska, where he could have played both baseball and football. Expected to move quickly through the Royals' system, owners will want to track Starling as he is viewed as an elite level prospect with power and speed.