Bubba Starling, former Gardner Edgerton High School standout and recent Kansas City Royals aquisition, was cited on Sept. 24 in Arizona for underage drinking.
Starling was cited along with two other Royals players during a traffic stop. He was a passenger in the vehicle. The driver had not been drinking.
None of the players tested above the legal blood alcohol limit.
“The players involved, which included Bubba Starling, put themselves in jeopardy by having a drink and not being of legal age,” Royals General Manager Dayton Moore said. “It was not a good decision on their part. We’re disappointed in their actions and we’ll deal with it internally.”.
The Royals drafted Starling, a centerfielder, in June.
In August, he signed a deal with the Royals worth about $7.5 million over three years.
At the time Moore 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.
Starling is currently participating in the Instructional League in Pheonix.