In April 2017, Bubba Starling wanted to quit baseball. He started poorly in his sixth full professional year after signing with the Kansas City Royals for $7.5 million out of Gardner Edgerton High School in 2011. But after talking with his parents, he stuck with it. Since May 7, a span of 35 games, he is hitting .333 with a .367 on-base and .508 slugging percentage for the Class AAA Omaha Storm Chasers. Starling is as close as he has been to a major-league call-up. The worst baseball of his life, immediately followed by the best.