Trevor Story has Earned the Rockies’ Starting Shortstop Gig

With Jose Reyes still awaiting his April 4 court date over a domestic violence case, the Colorado Rockies have found their short-term solution to combine with Nolan Arenado on the left side of the infield.

Trevor Story has been raking this spring, currently posting an OPS of 1.187 in 32 at-bats. A first-round pick (45th overall) in the 2011 draft, Story leads all Rockies in homers this month with four. As Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post writes, Story is closer to starting at shortstop for the Rockies. But with camp still underway, no official word has been given from the Colorado staff.

“He’s showing everybody just how talented he is, the type of talent that we’ve seen out of him for many years,” GM Jeff Bridich told The Post. “In terms of an announcement, whatever decision there is, we still have 2½ weeks of camp, so we’re going to keep playing him like we’re playing him, just about every other day, in the starting lineup and playing a lot.”

The 23-year-old has made significant strides after a slow start to his professional career, but his quick swing on the ball produced 20 homers combined at both Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Albuquerque. His plate discipline is coming around – lowering his K% by 10 points from 2014 to 2015 at the Double-A level. The strikeout numbers will remain high, but his swing pattern fits well in Coors Field.

Now let’s compare Story’s swing to former Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, for the fun of it.

Very similar. Story may never reach Tulo’s level of greatness, but if the former can correct that lead foot a bit, he’s got a chance to easily hit 20 out of Coors.

As for his defense, this video reiterates his status as the best defensive player in the Colorado organization, according to Baseball America.

Battling with Story for the spot is Cristhian Adames, who has spent eight years in the Rockies system. Adames earned a September call up last year after a nice season at Triple-A (.311/.362/.438). However, Story has gained the upper hand on his teammate this spring, with Adames batting at a .243 clip. Adames is out of options, so he figures to have a minor role on the club.

Story may not be the long-term selection at shortstop – remember, 2015 first-rounder Brendan Rodgers awaits in the farm. But with Rodgers hitting a speed bump due to nagging injuries, his rise will be delayed as he is anticipated to start in Class-A Asheville.

But that’s another Story. It’s time for Trevor to make his big league debut at shortstop.

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