Bubba Starling, prized quarterback recruit and the No. 5 pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, has arrived on campus at Nebraska to work out in preparation for the college football season. Starling reportedly has not decided whether or not he’ll sign with the Kansas City Royals (who drafted him) or move forward as the future quarterback of the Cornhuskers.
Starling is a 6’5, 200-pound five-tool outfielder who may have been the best overall player in this year’s MLB Draft. He certainly has the highest upside of anyone taken in June.
If Starling signs with the Royals he will be a full-time baseball player and give up football. If he stays in Lincoln, he’ll surely be leaving a whole heap of cash on the table.
Starling is almost guaranteed a signing bonus of at least $6 million. In 2010 Zach Lee signed to play football at LSU, and was drafted 28th by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He ended up getting $5.25 million to give up football. In 2009 the San Diego Padres gave outfielder Donavan Tate (the No. 3 pick) $6.25 million to keep him from playing safety at North Carolina. Starling may be better than bother of those guys.
The Royals gave Eric Hosmer $6 million out of high school in 2008 as the No. 3 pick. That signing has worked out for Kansas City and could encourage them to open up the vault for Starling.
From what we’ve heard, Starling is very torn on his future and has definitely not made a decision as of yet. That said, we think he will find it very hard to turn down his hometown team, and give up the millions that will certainly be offered to him.