February 11, 2014 8:14 AM

Royals' Dayton Moore is confident Bubba Starling just needs more time

Bubba Starling turned 21 last August. He has played in only 178 games as a professional baseball player, and taken only 730 at-bats. The Royals cannot even determine his timetable for a major-league arrival, general manager Dayton Moore suggested on Monday, until he receives 800 to 1,000 more at-bats. That means two more seasons of evaluation — if Starling can avoid injury and the other pitfalls awaiting young players.

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