Bubba Starling could soon make his major league debut at the ballpark he grew up closest to.
The Royals added Starling to their 25-man roster on Thursday, calling him up from Triple-A Omaha. The 26-year-old outfielder was hitting .310 over 72 games with the Storm Chasers.
The Gardner, Kansas-native — located about 30 minutes outside the Kansas City metro area — could have a good chance to make his MLB debut in Kansas City. The Royals’ next seven games — three against the Tigers and four against the White Sox — are at home.
Starling is enjoying his best overall minor league season, hitting .310 (81-for-261) in 72 games for Omaha, with 11 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 38 RBI, his first full season at the AAA level. He has an on-base pct. of .358 and a slugging pct. of .448 for an OPS of .806. He has also swiped nine bases in 12 attempts.
Bubba earned a spot in the Triple-A All-Star Game, where he went 0-for-2 with a run scored last night as the Pacific Coast League squad defeated a team from the International League, 9-3 in El Paso, TX.
He has batted at a .355 clip (11-for-31) in his last eight games with the Storm Chasers, a stretch that included five straight two-hit games. Starling also had a 10-game hitting streak in early June in which he batted .436 (17-for-39)
The Royals have yet to announce a corresponding move to their 40-man roster but are expected to ahead of Friday’s game against the Tigers.
Source: Fox Sports