Kansas City faces tough decision

If Bubba Starling is there at No. 5, can Royals pass on the five-tool local legend?

Updated: June 3, 2011, 8:19 AM ET
By Mitch Sherman | ESPN Recruiting

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The late Paul Splittorff, an iconic pitcher from the Kansas City Royals' greatest era and an accomplished sports broadcaster, pondered the potential this spring of Bubba Starling.

"The ones who are blessed are really blessed," Splittorff said from his perch in the Kauffman Stadium press box as the Royals played the Minnesota Twins on April 29.

Splittorff died 27 days later at age 64 of complications from melanoma.

He continued to study the game until his ...

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