When Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story homered off of Zack Greinke for the second time on Monday, he became the first player in Major League Baseball history to hit two home runs while making his debut on Opening Day. Story followed up his impressive debut game with another home run on Tuesday. Then, during Wednesday afternoon’s outing, the final game in the three-game set between the Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks, the rookie became the first player in major-league history to homer in each of his first three major-league games. At the age of 23, having such accolades attached to his name makes for quite the story.
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“It’s something you don’t even dream of, or something I hadn’t dreamed of,” Story told MLB.com. “It’s really, really special.”
With Jose Reyes suspended and awaiting further discipline from Commissioner Rob Manfred for domestic violence allegations, the Rockies turned to Story — their first pick in the 2009 First Year Player Draft — to fill the void at the shortstop position. Story spent the 2015 season with the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats and Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes. Between the two levels, Story tallied 70 extra-base hits, including twenty home runs, 10 triples, and 40 doubles. Story demonstrated further power during the recent spring exhibition season, smashing six homers and slashing .340/.407/.792 in over fifty at-bats.
“We saw right away in spring training, he played with a certain calmness and confidence,” said Rockies skipper Walt Weiss to MLB.com. “The veteran guys embraced him right away, because they could see the same thing everyone else did.”
Aside from the actual home runs, the most intriguing part of Story’s achievement may be the circumstances that the home runs were hit under. Story hit two home runs off of Greinke, who many consider one of the best starting pitchers in the game. His home run on Tuesday was off of Shelby Miller, who holds his own pretty well. Story’s homer on Wednesday was off of Patrick Corbin, and the left-hander is not overly easy to homer off of.
Following his shaky start in Monday’s regular-season opener when he allowed seven earned runs in four innings, Greinke announced that he had been battling the flu but refused to pass up the opportunity to start the first game of the season. Nonetheless, it appeared that all three of Arizona’s hurlers had some predicaments.
FanGraphs projected Story to hit eighteen home runs in 124 games this season. With four long balls through three games already, this is certainly a Story you will want to keep an eye on.