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Story in Rockies' 2016 spring training
|Colorado Rockies – No. 27|
November 15, 1992 |
|April 4, 2016, for the Colorado Rockies|
(through 2017 season)
|Runs batted in||154|
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.
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. 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. He committed to attend Louisiana State University (LSU) on a college baseball scholarship.
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. Story signed with the Rockies, receiving a $915,000 signing bonus, rather than attend LSU. After he signed, he played for the Casper Ghosts of the Rookie-level Pioneer League, where he batted .268. 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. Prior to the 2013 season, Story was ranked as the 99th-best prospect in baseball by MLB.com. 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. 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. He struggled with Tulsa, batting .205.
With Troy Tulowitzki playing shortstop for the Rockies, Story began to gain experience as a second baseman and third baseman. 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. During the 2015 season, the Rockies traded Tulowitzki, and Story appeared in the All-Star Futures Game. He finished the 2015 season with a .350 on-base percentage and 20 home runs for New Britain and Albuquerque. The Rockies added Story to their 40-man roster after the 2015 season.
With José Reyes suspended for the beginning of the 2016 season, 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.
Making his major league debut on Opening Day, April 4, as the Rockies' starting shortstop against the Arizona Diamondbacks, 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 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. 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. 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.
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, and the first player in major league history to hit six home runs in the first four games of any season. He hit another home run in his sixth game, off Brandon Maurer, 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. Story won the National League Player of the Week Award for the first week of the season. With ten home runs in April, Story tied the MLB rookie record, previously set by José Abreu of the Chicago White Sox. 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.
Story was selected as one of the five choices for the All-Star Final Vote. 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. He finished his rookie season with 101 hits, 67 runs scored, 27 home runs, and 72 RBI.
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.
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.
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