Mark Taylor
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Gardner Edgerton High School standout Bubba Starling reached a late-night deal on Aug. 15 to become a Kansas City Royal.
The action ended months of speculation across the nation of whether Starling would join the Royals right out of high school – he graduated from GEHS in May – or play football and baseball at the University of Nebraska.
Starling’s deal with the Royals is said to be worth about $7.5 million over three years.
The Royals drafted Starling, a centerfielder, in June.
As he pondered whether to go pro or attend college, Starling attended summer classes at Nebraska and worked out with the football team.
During a press conference following the announcement of Starling’s signing with the Royals, Dayton Moore, Royals general manager, called Starling “one of the best athletes to play the game of baseball in many years.”
The $7.5 million deal is said to be the largest the Royals have ever spent on a single draft pick.