Royals Release Statement On Bubba Starling Signing

The Kansas City Royals won the Bubba Starling Sweepstakes Monday night when the phenom signed with the team over the chance to play football for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

The team released a statement shortly afterward:

"We are ecstatic and relieved to have this process behind us and have Bubba in the fold," said Dayton Moore, Royals' Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager. "I am extremely proud of J.J. Picollo, Lonnie Goldberg and the entire staff for the work they've done during these negotiations, not just in the Bubba Starling case, but all of the athletes we were able to sign on this very busy day. I'm also thrilled that we were able to come to an agreement with a fine young man from this area who put being a Royal among his priorities in this process. It's now time to get his professional playing career underway."

Starling, who played centerfield in high school, was ranked by Baseball America as the number one high school prospect and the best high school athlete in the draft. The right-handed hitter and thrower batted .481 this spring. In his junior and senior seasons combined, he hit better than .500 with 17 home runs.

Check out Kansas City Royals blog Royals Review for reaction and Nebraska blog Corn Nation to see how the Husker faithful are taking it.

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