Starling had a .367/.441/.767 slash line with three doubles, three home runs and three stolen bases through 30 at-bats before spring training was suspended.
The 27-year-old isn't typically a significant power threat and had only 11 homers in 482 plate appearances between Triple-A and the majors in 2019, so the spring training pop is certainly surprising. Starling -- the fifth overall pick in the 2011 draft -- is likely to begin the season in the big leagues since he's out of minor-league options, and he seems likely to be in the mix with Brett Phillips to work as Kansas City's fourth outfielder.
Starling (side) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Twins.
Starling exited Wednesday's contest with left side tightness and will end up missing the final three games, assuming he doesn't appear off the bench. The 26-year-old has a .215/.255/.317 slash line over 56 games in his first taste of MLB action. Erick Mejia will start in center field for the season finale.
Starling (side) is not in Saturday's lineup against the Twins.
Starling has been out since Sept. 25 with the side injury. Erick Mejia is starting in center field and hitting sixth.
Starling (side) will sit Friday against the Twins.
Starling left Wednesday's game with side tightness and will miss at least one start. It's possible his season is done, as there are just three games left on the schedule, though the Royals haven't announced that he's been shut down. Brett Phillips will start in center field Friday.
Starling was removed from Wednesday's loss to the Braves with left side tightness, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Starling was pulled for a pinch hitter during the sixth inning after the injury cropped up while making a throw to home plate. The specifics of the injury remains unclear, but the 27-year-old will have Thursday's scheduled off day to aid in his recovery before potentially missing the final weekend of the regular season.
Starling went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's 9-6 win over the Braves.
The multi-hit effort was an encouraging sign for Starling, who was just 8-for-38 (.211) with two extra-base hits (a double and a home run) through 15 games in September heading into Tuesday's series opener. The rookie is hitting just .217 with four home runs and two steals in his first taste of the majors (55 games) but will look to finish the campaign on a positive note.
Starling is not in Thursday's lineup against the Twins.
He is 7-for-34 (.206) with one home run and one steal in 13 games this month. Erick Mejia will start in center field and hit seventh.
Starling is not starting Wednesday against the Tigers.
Starling hasn't done much since making his big-league debut, hitting .205/.247/.295 in 40 games. Brett Phillips starts in center field Wednesday.
Starling is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Orioles.
With the Royals bringing back one of their regulars (Adalberto Mondesi) from the injured list Sunday, Starling and Brett Phillips will likely have to fight one another for one spot in the lineup in most games. Though he'll take a seat in the series finale, Starling has helped his case for sticking ahead of Phillips on the depth chart by going 8-for-23 with a home run over his last six starts.
Starling went 3-for-4 with two runs Monday in the Royals' 19-4 loss to the Athletics.
Starling's showing at the plate was one of the few silver linings on the evening for the Royals, who suffered their biggest loss of the season and have now dropped five of their last six games. Even after the three-hit night, Starling is slashing .203/.240/.276 with two home runs and one steal in 130 plate appearances since receiving a callup from Triple-A Omaha coming out of the All-Star break.
Starling is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Indians.
Starling will get his fourth day off in the last 10 games while in the middle of a 2-for-21 slump with eight strikeouts. The rookie outfielder is slashing .222/.259/.296 against righties. Brett Phillips will start in center field and bat ninth against hard-throwing righty Mike Clevinger.
Starling is not starting Wednesday against the Orioles.
Starling will give way to Brett Phillips in center field for Wednesday's series finale. In 14 games this month, the outfielder is slashing just .120/.170/.200 with one home run and a 37 percent strikeout rate.
Starling is not in Saturday's lineup against the Mets.
Brett Phillips, who was called up Friday, may cut into Starling's playing time going forward. Starling is just 5-for-40 with one home run in 11 games this month.
Starling isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals.
Starling will head to the bench after making four straight starts. He went just 2-for-15 with a double and two walks over that stretch, so he'll aim to regroup at the dish with the help of an off day. Whit Merrifield gets the nod in center field and is set to lead off with Starling riding the pine.
Starling is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Red Sox.
Starling will give way to Billy Hamilton in center field for Wednesday's series finale after starting the past six games and going 3-for-21 (.143) with a home run and nine strikeouts (40.9 percent strikeout rate).
Starling went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Monday's 7-5 loss to the Red Sox.
The rookie gave the Royals a spark of hope with his eighth-inning blast off Matt Barnes, but the comeback attempt fell short. Starling is slashing .250/.281/.361 with two homers and seven RBI through his first 19 big-league games.
Starling is not starting Tuesday against Toronto.
Starling has gone hitless in his last two games, though that came on the back of an 11-game hitting streak. Whit Merrifield moves out to center field in his absence, with Nicky Lopez starting at second base.
Starling is not starting Tuesday against the Braves.
Starling is riding a seven-game hitting streak and his hit .286/.355/.429 in eight games overall since making his big-league debut in the first game of the second half. The Royals will have no designated hitter in the two-game series in Atlanta, leaving Starling the odd man out Tuesday as Whit Merrifield gets pushed over to center field.
Starling is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Indians, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.
Starling will give way to Billy Hamilton in center field Saturday but still appears set to receive the bulk of the action at the position for the foreseeable future. Through his first seven games in the big leagues, Starling has gone 7-for-24 with a double, three walks, two RBI, a stolen base and six runs.
Starling is not starting Monday against the White Sox.
Starling started three straight games after getting promoted for the start of the second half. He's gone 2-for-10 with a walk so far. Billy Hamilton takes over in center field.
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|2015||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||91||331||51||84||19||4||10||32||30||91||4||5||.254||.318||.426|
|2015||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||12||44||6||17||4||0||2||12||7||17||2||1||.386||.471||.614|
|2017||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||80||278||35||69||14||1||7||21||19||65||5||4||.248||.303||.381|
|2018||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||11||35||5||9||2||0||0||2||5||6||1||0||.257||.350||.314|
|2018||ROK-Idaho Falls Chukars||5||8||5||4||3||0||1||4||5||2||0||0||.500||.692||1.250|
|2019||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||72||261||34||81||11||2||7||38||21||59||9||3||.310||.358||.448|