What a Story

What a Story

Noah Curd

“Welcome to the big leagues, Trevor Story!” Drew Goodman announced after rookie shortstop for the Colorado Rockies hit an opposite-field homerun off of Zach Grienke, one of the best pitchers in the MLB, on Opening Day. This was Story’s first Major League game.

Trevor Story, age 23, has been in the Rockies farm system since he was drafted 45th overall in the 2011 draft out of Irving High School in Irving, Texas. Story was coming up through the Rockies system as a top prospect. The Rockies at this time had Troy Tulowitzki manning the shortstop position. The Rockies thought they had their franchise shortstop in Tulowitzki, but the Rockies traded him last summer. The Rockies received in this trade Jose Reyes, another shortstop to fill the vacant position. Reyes posed another road block for Story’s chance to be the starting shortstop. Story had to start working at other positions like 2nd base and 3rd base to try to reach the Majors. The Rockies also had those positions filled with Gold Glover DJ LeMahieu at 2nd and 3-time Gold Glover and potential MVP Nolan Arenado at 3rd. Story’s career seemed to be stalled in the Minors until a spot opened would open up, lucky for him one did.

The Rockies got news after the 2015 season that their shortstop, Jose Reyes, had been arrested on October 31st on domestic violence charges. Reyes has been set on paid leave from the Rockies since February 23rd, so going into Spring Training the Rockies were looking for their starting shortstop. Trevor Story and Cristhian Adames were the top candidates for the job. They competed all spring long to see who would be the starting shortstop on Opening Day. The Rockies decided late in Spring Training to have Story as their starter after he had an impressive spring while launching six homeruns. Little did they know that those homeruns were just a glimpse of what was to come.

Opening Day came and Trevor Story was batting second in the batting order for the Colorado Rockies versus The Arizona Diamondbacks all-star pitcher Zack Greinke. Story in his second at-bat of the game hit a line drive homerun over the right field fence for his first MLB homerun. Story did not stop there. He went on a hot streak of hitting seven homeruns in the first six games of the season. Story tied the rookie record of homeruns in April with 10 homeruns. This accomplishment helped Story to be named the National League Rookie of the Month. Thus far in May he has one homerun which gets his total to 11. He is on a pace for 60 homeruns this season as a rookie!

An unexpected turn for the Colorado Rockies turned into a big success as they might have found their shortstop of the future. Every Trevor Story at-bat is now a must see at-bat. Be ready to see him hit homeruns continually for the years to come, and keep building on his already great “Story”.