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Trevor Story off to Historic Start

Trevor Story has done something that no MLB player has done before: he has hit a home run in each of his first three games to start his career.  Additionally, Story is the first player to hit a home run as each of his first four hits.  Story, a short stop for the Colorado Rockies, recently homered in all three games of the Rockies’ opening series at the Arizona Diamondbacks.  After hitting two home runs on opening day, Story followed that up by blasting a home run in both of the last two games.   

Story, a 23 year old, was a supplemental 1st round draft pick out of Irving high school in Texas in 2011.  Coming into this spring, Story did not know if he would make the team.  However, due to Jose Reyes being placed on paid leave due to a domestic violence incident with his wife, Story went into the Rockies’ camp with a good chance to become the Rockies starter.  Trevor capitalized on his opportunity by beating out Christian Adames by batting .340/.407/.792 while leading the Rockies with six home runs and was named the Rockies’ MVP of Spring Training.  Story followed his torrid spring in Arizona by demolishing Diamondbacks pitching.  

The best part about Story’s start is that he is doing it against quality pitchers.  On opening day, Story hit two home runs off of Zack Greinke- who finished 2nd in National League Cy Young voting last year.  On Tuesday, Story homered off of 2015 all star pitcher,Shelby Miller, and Story jumped on a Patrick Corbin pitch Wednesday to record a homer in his first three MLB games.  Another impressive part about Story’s hot start is that it has been away from the hitter haven of Coors Field.  Also, most of Story’s home runs have not just cleared the fences by a few feet.  Beside’s Story’s first homer off of Greinke, an opposite field homer, Story’s other homers have each cleared the fences with ease.  

With Story batting second on a Rockies offense that lead the national league in runs, he might have some very high counting stats (runs, rbi’s, etc…).  Yes I know it has only been 3 games, but if Story continues batting second for the Rockies, his raw power might lead him to challenge players such as Corey Seager for National League Rookie of the Year.   Afterall, he has shown great offensive potential by hitting .279/.350/.514 with 20 homers and 22 stolen bases in 130 games between AA New Britain and AAA Albuquerque.        

Story will look to continue his hot streak as he makes his debut in Colorado Friday against the Padres.  

 

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