Bubba Starling

Some athletes are just competitive and trophy-holder. On the contrary, they are heroes in real life.  Gaining fame and a new audience does not take them away from mowing their grandmother’s lawn or getting their sister’s lunch to college. An athlete with a combination of such sportsmanship and humbleness is Bubba Starling.


Since his high school days, he earned the fame of being a sports star. His aspiring gaming ability in football and basketball attracted many sports teams. He has played for minor leagues like AAP and AL leagues. Unfortunately, the rising baseball player had a bumpy career due to the injuries. However, his dedication and patience have paid off. When he made an outstanding comeback in the 2019 season, he proved his career is yet to offer more. 

Quick Facts-Bubba Starling

Full Name Derek Starling
Nickname Bubba
Birth Date August 3, 1992
Birth Place Gardner, Kansas, United States of America
Age 29 Years Old
Religion Undefined
Nationality American
Ethnicity N/A
Horoscope Leo
Father’s Name Jimbo Starling
Mother’s Name Deb Starling
Siblings Sister Jamie Oshel(married)
Height 1.9m,6 feet 3 inches (approx)
Weight 97 kgs
Shoe Size N/A
Education Gardner Edgerton High School (Gardner, KS)
Career in Sports Baseball
Currently Works At Kansas City Royal
Position in Sports Outfielder
Net Worth $1 million (approx)
Salary $568,250 (Total)
Affiliations Nebraska Cornhuskers, Burlington Royals, Lexington Legends, Wilmington blue rocks, Omaha Storm Chasers, Major League Basketball, Kansas City Royal, Scott Boras (Sports agent)
Active Since  2011
Present Status Active
Relationship Status Dating/Girlfriend- Laura Glenn
Social Media Instagram, Twitter, Wikipedia
Merch Trading Cards, Signed Jersey
Last Update July, 2022

Early life & Parents


Jimbo Starling and Deb Starling had their first child, Bubba, on August 3. Derek Starling is the name his parents gave him. His birthplace was Gardner, Kansas.

At a nearby school, Starling’s father was a basketball player as well. At the high school, his mother, Deb, works as a secretary. She also participated in volleyball at Baker.

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Childhood in the Natural World

He was raised in primary school. Bubba did not play video games or watch much television. Bubba spent his time fishing at the home lake and assisting his mother. He did not want to play with children his own age since he was so focused and powerful.

Sister of Bubba Starling

Jamie Oshel is the name of his sister. In addition, she claimed that in her high school back then, more people referred to her as Bubba’s sister than by her own name.

His sister and dad also consistently encouraged him to participate in sports. Back in high school, they regularly attended and supported Starling’s performances.


At Gardner Edgerton High School in Kansas, Starling finished his high school diploma in 2011. He was more involved in athletics than in academics. Bubba made the school famous, too.

Body Stats

Regarding Bubba’s physical characteristics, he weighs 97 kg and is 6 feet 3 inches tall. He is an attractive dude. His muscular, sleek frame is rather game-ready.

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Life in the Workplace and Career
Gymnasium sports

Starling was a star in basketball, baseball, and football at Gardner-Edgerton, as a fun fact. Jerald VanRheen, the baseball coach at his school, saw Bubba play in his competitions. He even predicted that Starling will achieve greatness in life.

Additionally, Bubba ranked No. 112 nationally among high school football recruits and No. 6 among quarterbacks in 2011. He eventually gained recognition as the top baseball recruit in the nation.

In 2009, Starling led the Trailblazers to the Kansas 5A State Final. He was regarded as one of the finest quarterback prospects in the country. Starling not only did that, but he also made the basketball Kansas High School All-State team.

Road to Nebraska Cornhuskers and interviews

In reality, he was interviewed by a lot of journalists. In addition, they questioned him on his decision to play baseball or football following his school’s games. He would have gotten the most out of it either way.

He signed a national letter of intent with the Nebraska Cornhuskers as a result of his aggressive, astute, and skillful sportsmanship. This group gave him a scholarship.

joining the Nebraska Cornhuskers in athletics

The Nebraska Cornhuskers were Bubba’s next destination. Bubba was permitted to play baseball and football here. For the team, Bubba received a scholarship to play quarterback.

However, Starling and the agent’s discussions did not result in any agreements. He so signed up with Kansas City Royal to play baseball in the future.

Everyone in Kansas City was thrilled and proud of Bubba’s choice after this occurrence became the talk of the town.

a fresh start with the Kansas City Royal
becoming a student

Starling was chosen by the Kansas City Royals of the MLB as the fifth overall pick in the 2011 draft. He was really regarded as the draft’s most athletic player.

A three-year deal of $7.5 million with a signing bonus was made to Bubba. Over a collegiate athletic career at the University of Nebraska, he was forced to play professional baseball. The sum of the deal was the highest ever given to a high school athlete.

utilizing the Burlington Royals Team

As anticipated, Bubba made a great impression in his first job with Burlington. In 53 games, he hit for a.275 average, slugged ten home runs, and collected 33 RBIs.

Legends of Lexington

Then in 2013, Bubba played for the Lexington Legends, contributing to Sterling’s.241 hitting average, 13 home runs, and 63 RBIs in 125 games.

Wilmington Blue Rocks are included. He also participated in Wilmington Blue Rocks games. In 132 games there, he batted.218 with nine home runs and 54 RBIs.

Starling played for both Wilmington and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in 2015.

Omaha Storm Chasers are used.

Bubba was elevated to the AAA Omaha Storm Chasers in 2016. Additionally, he spent 2017 working with the group. Bubba Starling underwent a brief laser eye procedure on his right eye that same year.

Starling started the year with Omaha, but injuries hindered his performance. Injuries in 2017 and 2018 limited him to a combined 100 games in two seasons.


Starling renewed his minor league contract with the Royals. He began playing for Omaha in 2019. Also in 2019, Bubba was chosen to play for the Storm Chasers on the Pacific Coast League team at the 32nd Triple-A All-Star Game.

In 2019, Triple-A Omaha season, he made an amazing comeback. The best battle of his career was.345, which was recorded.


Additionally, the Royals elevated Starling from the lower leagues to the majors. In the contests against the Detroit Tigers, he made his major league debut. Starling blasted the first MLB home run of his career against Cleveland. He played 56 games, hitting.215 in total. He further cited, I experienced all the worst. I’m now in July, feeling good, and having a good time with my teammates. Basically, that’s all I can do.

Appearance in Royal Quick Hits in 2020

Bubba appears in a video of Royal Quick Hits on Kansas City Royal’s official Youtube Channel. He also provided his responses to the following queries:

Favorite TV Show Ozark
Most Used App Instagram
Superpower Flying
Favorite Vacation Somewhere in Carrabean sides
Biggest Phobias Spiders and Snakes
Favorite ice cream flavor Vanilla
Favorite Food Steak
Least Favorite Food Japanese Food
First Car Ford f-150

In August 2020, Starling’s returned to baseball activities at the Royals alternate training site in Kansas City, Kansas, as he tested negative for COVID-19.


For his outstanding performance, Bubba was awarded various awards. Some of them are listed below:

  • Starling got Thomas A. Simone Memorial Award (an award that recognizes the best football player in the Kansas City metro area) from his High School in the year 2010 
  • In the year 2012, Bubba received APP Post-Season All-Star For Burlington Royals in APP League.
  •  Starling received the MiLB.com Organization All-Star award for Kansas City Royal in AL League in the same year.
  • Again in 2012, Bubba received APP Player of the Week(08/06/2012) for Burlington Royals in the APP League.
  • In  2014, Bubba received CAR Player of the Week(6/23/2014) for the Burlington Royals in the CAR League.
  •  Starling got the PCL Mid-Season All-Star award for Omaha Storm Chasers in PCL Leagues in 2019.

Personal | Pets | Girlfriend | Son Who Is Responsible

Like a caring and responsible son, Bubba has supported his family. With the money for his first contract, he paid off the mortgage on his parents’ house.

Moreover, Bubba acquired automobiles for everyone in the family. Bubba supported his sister financially. Not to forget, Mr. Starling’s parents’ next residence also became mortgage-free.


Starling loves spending time with pets, especially dogs. He owns two dogs named Tex and Rufus.


Bubba has been posting a lot of images with his girlfriend, Laura Glenn. They have been dating since 2019 (as per Bubba’s Instagram post). They seem to be enjoying the wonderful moments together during the holiday and after match meetings.

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However, Laura avoids participating in public appearances, and there is less news about her on the internet. To stay out of the limelight and safeguard her privacy, her Instagram is also a private account.

Apart from her, back in the days, Bubba was said to be dating a girl named Jill. Apparently, the relationship allegations originated when they used to travel together and often post images on their social media profiles.

Indeed, Bubba never announced her as his girlfriend, though.

Net Worth

Starling’s net worth is estimated to be at 1 million US dollars.

Instagram presence

His official Facebook profile is not located; yet, he gets featured on Kansas City Royals page often.

He is active on Instagram. He shares her professional images, BTS moments, pictures with fans, Huntings with family, vacay-moments with girlfriend and relatives.

Bubba is also on Twitter. He mostly tweets about his games.

Also, Wikipedia has created a page for Bubba Starling.

Instagram handle: (@bubbastar10) 22.6k followers
Twitter handle: (@bubba_stan) 29 followers; not a real account, fan page.

Bubba Starling | FAQs

What is the uniform (jersey) number of Bubba Starling?

Bubba Starling features in jersey number 11 for the Kansas City Royals.

What is Bubba Starling’s stats this year?

Since 2021 is just starting, Bubbs Starling’s MLB statistics for 2020 is a batting average of .209, with 5 home runs and 17 run bats.