Chuck (Wichita): How does Bubba Starling compare to Mike Trout in terms of tools and ceiling?
John Manuel: They're not physically comparable; one's a fast-moving tank (Trout) and the other's 6-foot-4 or 6-5 and lithe (Starling). Also, Trout's hit tool is more advanced than that of Starling. Starling has more arm strength than Trout, but I'd say Trout has him matched or surpassed in every other tool. It's a forced comparison, not one that I would try to make. Starling compares more to Jeff Francouer — a CF version of Frenchy, and maybe not quite as thick as him, but physically and in terms of tools, he's more Frenchy than Trout. Obviously the Royals hope that his hit tool plays better than Frenchy's has over the course of his career.