Monday, August 16, 2010
Huskers 2011 QB owning different ball
By David Ubben
You've heard a bit about Bubba Starling in this space before. He's one of Nebraska's two top-tier quarterback recruits for the 2011 class, along with Jamal Turner.
But Starling is also one of the top high school baseball prospects in the country, which should force him to make a decision next year: Chase his baseball dreams or leave Kansas to play Big Ten football for Nebraska.
He knows where he's headed if he goes to school, and plans to play baseball for the Huskers if he makes it to campus. But at the Under Armour All-American Game on Saturday, he was one of two or three players who made a strong case to be a first-round draft pick in the 2011 MLB draft, according to ESPN's Keith Law:
At the top of that list, of course, was Bubba Starling, who was extremely impressive in his inning of work, with a fastball from 89-92 mph and a hammer curveball -- the best I've seen him throw -- at 73-76 mph with good depth and two-plane break; all three outs he recorded came via the strikeout. Starling is still just throwing rather than really pitching; he doesn't get his lower half involved, especially not his hips, and between the potential for improving the delivery and the substantial physical projection he offers, it's hard to forecast future velocity below the 92-95 range.
Good for Bubba. Bad for Bo Pelini.
If he does decide to play football, he might want to slow his velocity a bit.