Bubba Starling is moving up.
The KC Royals announced last week that the former Gardner Edgerton High School baseball standout and 2011 first round draft pick has been promoted from High-A Wilmington Blue Rocks to the Class AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals.
Starling debuted with the Naturals on April 25. His squad fell 4-3 to the Tulsa Drillers.
Drafted fifth in the first round of 2011, he is now in his fourth season in the Royals farm system. Starling received his first invitation to Royals training camp this spring.