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Trevor Story

Trevor Story
Trevor Story on March 5, 2016.jpg
Story in Rockies' 2016 spring training
Colorado Rockies – No. 27
Shortstop
Born: (1992-11-15) November 15, 1992 (age 25)
Irving, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 4, 2016, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Batting average .253
Home runs 51
Runs batted in 154
Stolen bases 15
Teams

Trevor John Story (born November 15, 1992) is an American professional baseball shortstop for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut on April 4, 2016. On April 8, 2016, Story set a MLB record for a rookie by hitting home runs in each of his first four games, and tied the MLB rookie record for home runs in the month of April. Story was named the National League's Rookie of the Month for April 2016.

Early career

Story attended Irving High School in Irving, Texas. He played for the Tigers baseball team as a shortstop and pitcher, reaching 96 miles per hour (154 km/h) with his fastball.[1] He also played for the football team as a quarterback, but stopped playing football after his sophomore year of high school so that he could focus more on baseball.[2] He committed to attend Louisiana State University (LSU) on a college baseball scholarship.[1][3]

Professional career

Minor leagues

The Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB) selected Story as a shortstop in the first round, with the 45th overall selection, of the 2011 MLB draft.[4] Story signed with the Rockies, receiving a $915,000 signing bonus, rather than attend LSU.[5][6] After he signed, he played for the Casper Ghosts of the Rookie-level Pioneer League, where he batted .268.[2] In 2012, Story played for the Asheville Tourists of the Class A South Atlantic League (SAL), and was named a SAL Postseason All-Star after batting .277 with 18 home runs, 63 runs batted in (RBIs), and 43 doubles, which led all SAL players.[7] Prior to the 2013 season, Story was ranked as the 99th-best prospect in baseball by MLB.com.[8] Story played for the Modesto Nuts of the Class A-Advanced California League in 2013, and he struggled, recording a .233 batting average with 12 home runs and 65 RBIs.[9][10] In 2014, after spending a short time with the Class A Short Season Tri-City Dust Devils and excelling in Modesto, with a .322 batting average and 20 stolen bases, the Rockies promoted Story to the Tulsa Drillers of the Class AA Texas League in June.[10] He struggled with Tulsa, batting .205.[9]

With Troy Tulowitzki playing shortstop for the Rockies, Story began to gain experience as a second baseman and third baseman.[11] He began the 2015 season with the New Britain Rock Cats of the Class AA Eastern League, and had a .281 batting average in 300 plate appearances before was promoted to the Albuquerque Isotopes of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League on July 1.[11][9] During the 2015 season, the Rockies traded Tulowitzki,[12] and Story appeared in the All-Star Futures Game.[7][11] He finished the 2015 season with a .350 on-base percentage and 20 home runs for New Britain and Albuquerque.[13] The Rockies added Story to their 40-man roster after the 2015 season.[14]

Colorado Rockies

2016

With José Reyes suspended for the beginning of the 2016 season,[15] Story competed with Cristhian Adames to become the Rockies' starting shortstop during spring training in 2016. He had a .340 batting average during spring training, and he made the Rockies' Opening Day roster.[12]

Making his major league debut on Opening Day, April 4, as the Rockies' starting shortstop against the Arizona Diamondbacks,[16] Story recorded his first career hit, a three-run home run off Zack Greinke, in his second major league at bat. He hit another home run in his next plate appearance, becoming the seventh player to hit two home runs in one game against Greinke[17] and the sixth player in MLB history to hit two home runs on his debut, following Charlie Reilly, Bob Nieman, Bert Campaneris, Mark Quinn, and J. P. Arencibia. Of the six, Story was the only National Leaguer, and the only one to make his major league debut on Opening Day.[18] The following day, Story hit another home run, becoming only the third player ever to hit three home runs in his first two games, following Reilly and Joe Cunningham.[19] On his third day in the major leagues, he hit a two-run home run off Arizona's Patrick Corbin, becoming the first player in MLB history to hit a home run in each of his first three games and a home run in each of his first four hits.[20]

In his fourth game, Story hit two home runs against the San Diego Padres, becoming the first rookie to hit home runs in his first four games,[21] and the first player in major league history to hit six home runs in the first four games of any season.[22] He hit another home run in his sixth game, off Brandon Maurer,[23] setting the MLB record for the most home runs (7) in a team's first six games, eclipsing the previous record of six home runs in six games set by Larry Walker, Mike Schmidt, and Willie Mays.[23] Story won the National League Player of the Week Award for the first week of the season.[24] With ten home runs in April, Story tied the MLB rookie record, previously set by José Abreu of the Chicago White Sox.[25] After finishing the month leading all MLB rookies with 10 home runs, 19 runs scored, 20 runs batted in, and three triples, Story won the National League Rookie of the Month Award for April.[26]

Story was selected as one of the five choices for the All-Star Final Vote.[27] On August 2, Story was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a torn ulnar collateral ligament of the thumb. He had surgery on the thumb and missed the rest of the season.[28] He finished his rookie season with 101 hits, 67 runs scored, 27 home runs, and 72 RBI.

2017

Story's 2017 season became somewhat less consistent as he finished the year with a .239 batting average, 32 doubles, 24 home runs, and 82 RBI. He also struck out an NL-leading 191 times.

Personal life

Story's father, Ken, is a fireman and paramedic, and his mother, Teddie, is chief executive officer of a local food bank. His older brother, Tyler, played baseball at Irving and for the University of Texas at Austin.[29]

References

  1. ^ a b "Good Kid: Meet Trevor Story of Irving High". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Rockies' Trevor Story writes first chapter in Casper". On the Rox. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Meet Irving's Trevor Story: The shortstop who attracted 28 scouts to a practice this season". Dallas Morning News. May 4, 2011. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Rockies draft Story No. 45" (video). MLB.com. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ Hartford Courant (May 6, 2015). "Trevor Story Tearing It Up With The Bat For Rock Cats". courant.com. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  6. ^ Tom Gatto. "Introducing Trevor Story: Rockies SS takes Zack Greinke deep twice in debut". Sporting News. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Former Tourists Story And Tapia Selected To MLB Futures Game; Ocasio Named A Coach To The World Team – MiLB.com News – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Rockies place three on Top 100 Prospects list". MLB.com. January 29, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c Patrick Saunders (August 30, 2015). "Rockies shortstop prospect Trevor Story near big-league chapter". The Denver Post. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b Lewis, Barry. "Pro baseball: Top Rockies infield prospect joins Drillers". Tulsa World. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b c "Rockies' trade of Troy Tulowitzki clears roadblock cleared for Irving's Story". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "Colorado Rockies' Trevor Story blasts way into the history books – MiLB.com News – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Trevor Story's time arrives quickly with Rockies". USA TODAY. March 30, 2016. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Rockies' John Axford designated for assignment". MLB.com. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  15. ^ Groke, Nick (March 29, 2016). "Trevor Story will start opening day at shortstop for Colorado Rockies: Jon Gray to start season on disabled list". The Denver Post. Retrieved April 16, 2016. 
  16. ^ Kiszla, Mark (April 4, 2016). "Rookie Trevor Story breathes life into opening day". Denver Post. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – Play By Play – April 04, 2016". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Elias Says.." ESPN.com. April 5, 2016. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Elias Says.." ESPN.com. April 6, 2016. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  20. ^ Associated Press (April 6, 2016). "Amazing Story: rookie makes history with another HR". ESPN. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Rockies' Trevor Story first rookie ever to homer in first four games". ESPN.com, via ABC News. April 8, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Elias Says: Story gets better every day". Elias Sports Bureau. ESPN. April 9, 2016. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  23. ^ a b "Trevor Story caps first week with MLB-record 7th HR as Rockies win". ESPN. 11 April 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  24. ^ "Rockies rookie Trevor Story named NL player of the week: Rookie Tyler White wins AL honor". The Denver Post. April 11, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  25. ^ Saunders, Patrick (April 29, 2016). "Trevor Story hits 10th home run for Rockies, ties MLB record: Story ties Jose Abreu's MLB rookie mark". The Denver Post. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  26. ^ "Rockies' Trevor Story voted NL Rookie of the Month for April". MLB.com (Press release). Major League Baseball. May 2, 2016. Retrieved May 2, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Rockies Rookie Trevor Story Among All-Star Final Vote List". The New York Times. Associated Press. July 5, 2016. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  28. ^ Todd, Jeff. "Trevor Story Likely Out For Season With Torn Thumb Ligament". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved 2 August 2016. 
  29. ^ Harding, Thomas. "Behind the Story: Get to know the Rox rookie: Shortstop has burst onto scene with power, but has been to Coors just 3 times". MLB.com. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 

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