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Here comes Bubba!

The Kansas City Royals have called up Gardner-Edgerton High School graduate and former first-round draft pick Bubba Starling to the active 25-man roster.

Starling, 26, 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.

Starling 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)

A native of nearby Gardner, Starling was a three-sport letterman at Gardner-Edgerton High School before being drafted by the Royals at No. 5 overall. As a senior, he was a First Team Rawlings Preseason All-America and batted .481 in his final high school season.

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