With two months to go in what turned out to be a hopeless season, Rockies 101 turns to something that will always have sports fans feeling hopeful — the future. It's time for Prospect Watch and this time Trevor Story gets the spotlight.
Story is a 21 year-old out of Irving, Texas and plays the premium position of shortstop. Unlike the relative baseball giants that patrol the middle of the infield at the big league level, Story is the size of a traditional shortstop. And if he tightens up his defensive game, he plays just like an old school 6, too.
After dominating the high-A level to the tune of a 1.017 OPS, Story was called up to the AA Tulsa Drillers in Late June. As one would expect after a midseason call-up, he has struggled in his newest location. In 32 games for the Drillers, he has a .229/.341/.398 slash line with 11 extra base hits and 11 RBI. He's stolen 2 bases in Oklahoma, but had 20 in only 50 games for Modesto this year, and it could be a big part of his game moving forward. Unlike guys like Dee Gordon or Billy Hamilton, Story doesn't use blazing speed to snag a bag, he uses feel and savvy to get into scoring position.
Moving forward for the young Texan, his sweet swing will translate into line drives at whatever level he's in or whatever ballpark he's at. Combine that swing with his base stealing ability and willingness to draw a walk and you should have a guy who could find Major League success. Dropping line drives into the cavernous outfield of Coors Field a la one Todd Helton sure sounds nice right about now, huh? To compare the young man to the future Hall of Famer would be foolish, but the line drive swing is certainly there.
If Story does indeed tighten up his glove work and arm accuracy, he will find a home at shortstop. He has the athletic ability to play there and the leadership to take over the prime position. One thing all the scouts seem to like about Trevor is his mental makeup and approach to the game, something you can't teach.
Besides incumbent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, the biggest obstacle for Story to get to and stay in the bigs is the competition at short. The Rockies have solid prospects in Cristhian Adames and Rosell Herrera, and young speedster Emerson Jimenez who may just be the guy to beat in a few years. If Story's swing holds up and the mental side of his game is as strong as it's said to be, he will find a way to get on the field in the bigs, no question.
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