Royals Prospect Report: Bubba Starling Reviewed by Momizat on . During my trip to Lexington I was able to see quite a few of Bubba Starling's plate appearances in the three games that he played in. In that time it was eviden During my trip to Lexington I was able to see quite a few of Bubba Starling's plate appearances in the three games that he played in. In that time it was eviden Rating: 0
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Royals Prospect Report: Bubba Starling

Royals Prospect Report: Bubba Starling

During my trip to Lexington I was able to see quite a few of Bubba Starling’s plate appearances in the three games that he played in. In that time it was evident that Bubba still has a couple of elite tools in his power and speed however I came away wary if he’ll be able to unlock those tools with enough contact to make a difference.

The Video

 

I’m just an amateur scout but it definitely seems like the hitch in his load combines with his less than ideal pitch recognition skills cause most of those contact problems. As you can see in the video the hitch occurs forcing his hands back which then makes him late despite elite bat speed. Perhaps the Royals are trying to fix that as it appears Bubba’s hands are held slightly higher in the Sunday video which occurred on his 2 for 4 performance. If they move those hands further up they can force him to eliminate the hitch and load more naturally.

The good is when Bubba makes contact it is extremely loud as evident with his HR off 1st round pick Pat Light and a few other pitches he unloaded on. On top of the big time strength with the use of my editing software Bubba was timed around a 4.08 from home to first on the groundout to third base which shows he still has above average speed. Those two tools are things normal players don’t bring to the table everyday and show that the Royals have a nice piece of clay to work from but the other problems show they are far from molding a major league player out of it just yet.

Let me know what you think in the comments section or via twitter @ClintScoles

About The Author

I grew up on the mean gravel roads of Iowa where I started my love for baseball from the age of 2. George Brett and the voice of Denny Matthews deepened my love even more for the Royals as my father and I spent summers listening to the team on our deck or in the car on our way to or from my little league and high school games. Sports was always the common bond that my father and I enjoyed and the Royals were in the center of that.I currently live in La Vista with my wife, two sons, two dogs and a pair of gross cats where we are grinding through until we can move somewhere warm when we retire. I own Casino Cab Company and Bluffs Affordable Auto Repair in Council Bluffs trying to build my 1% empire. If you are in the area you can find me at Omaha Storm Chasers games on most nights or just follow me on twitter @ClintScoles.

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Comments (3)

  • BobDD

    Why would a player be allowed to keep that big of a hitch? He just is not in position to start his swing, jerking himself around by changing his balance and momentum almost 180 degrees early in his “swing”. To me, this is very disturbing from perspective of Starling’s potential and that Royal’s management would not have taken care of this before he gets out of the cage vs. the pitching machine. It also affects his pitch recognition in that this cross-momentum hitch forces him to anticipate and start his swing prematurely to counter the power-robbing and time-consuming hitch. Arghh.

  • Clint Scoles

    That is a great idea Jim. Did you see Mondesi’ HR last night? Out in front and still put it over the left field fence, kid has crazy strength for his age.

  • jim fetterolf

    Good vid. Looks like Bubba has the 2012 Frenchy swing, loopy and long. Maybe the Royals need to give Kevin Seitzer a $50k consultant fee and a plane ticket to Lexington for a few weeks.

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