Aug 4, 2017: How do you show your best friend you value one another's bond? Perhaps you choose the route that involves an engraving on a tree trunk, matching heart keychains, or in this case, a fun caricature.
Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon proved they are the two best friends that anyone can have by having their portrait drawn by an artist during the Rockies "Family Day." And it was the perfect depiction of the two.
The caricature showed off Blackmon's epic beard that took up almost the entire page, and Trevor's characterization was spot on as well, looking just like the Rockies shortstop.
According to Rockies assistant director of digitial media and publications Julian Valentin, Blackmon suggested the copy and wanted to preserve that moment. "You have to say 'BFFs. Forever.'" It seems Blackmon is rather proud of the drawing -- it's still hanging in his locker. (J Kleinschmidt - MLB.com - Aug 5, 2017)
|Birth City:||Irving, TX|
|Draft:||Rockies #1 (suppl.) - 2011 - Out of high school (TX)|
Story's freshman year at Irving High School in Texas, he was a three-sport athlete, playing baseball, basketball and football. He stopped playing basketball after his freshman year, and a football injury during his sophomore year helped him make up his mind to focus on baseball.
"I broke my left collarbone," Story said. "It was on a quarterback keeper. Three guys got me and drove me into the ground. Baseball was my future, definitely my favorite sport."
Trevor leads by example on the field, but his dedication doesn't stop when he steps off of it. When practice is over, he does drills with his brother for anything he needs to work on. On the weekends, he typically has a game on Saturday, but will take extra batting practice on Sundays. (Nathan Rode-Baseball America-5/03/11)
In 2011, Story's senior year in high school, he committed to a baseball scholarship to Louisiana State.
But Trevor signed with the Rockies, via scout Dar Cox, for a bonus of $915,000 after they chose him in the supplemental portion of the first round, the 45th player chosen overall, out of Irving High School in Texas.
In 2012, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Story as the 6th-best prospect in the Rockies' organization. They moved him up to #3 in the spring of 2013. He was at 9th-best in the Colorado farm system in the offseason before 2014 spring camps opened.
In the spring of 2015, he was 12th-best prospect in the Rockies' organization, but was moved back up to #8 in the spring of 2016.
In 2012, Story led the South Atlantic League with 43 doubles and 67 extra-base hits while earning recognition from the managers as the league's best defensive shortstop.
Trevor has a very strong work ethic that will help him move up fast. He also plays hard. And he has a great demeanor.
And he also has very good baseball instincts.
- He says he'd like to meet Josh Hamilton and Derek Jeter.
Story's favorite musical artist: Drake.
- July 12, 2015: Trevor Story represented the Colorado organization in the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
Trevor entered Rockies manager Walt Weiss' office for a meeting on March 29, 2016, prior to the Rockies' Spring Training game against the D-backs. General manager Jeff Bridich, third base coach Stu Cole, and hitting coach Blake Doyle were there, too, which was cool. Those would be the guys working with him if the Rockies picked him for the Opening Day roster. But player development director Zach Wilson was also there. Uh-oh.
Weiss broke the tension. "I sat down, and Walt said, 'You got any video on Greinke?'" Story said, with a reference to D-backs 2016 Opening Night starter Zack Greinke. "I said, 'I've watched him pitch a lot.'
"Then he goes, 'Well, you're going to be facing him there in a few days.' We were all sitting down. We were all smiles. Then we hugged after."
"Everybody dreams that they'll be told that they're in the big leagues, and it happened for me this morning," Story said. "It was really a dream come true. I'm really excited for the first game to get here and get it under way." (Harding - MLB.com - 3/29/16)
In his 2016 Major League debut, Trevor notched his first hit in style—a three-run, opposite-field home run off D-backs ace Zack Greinke in the third inning at Chase Field.
In his next at-bat, Story took Greinke deep again to become the first player in Major League history to hit two homers while making his debut on Opening Day.
"I'm just kind of on a high right now," Story said. "I'm going to enjoy it with my family and friends. It was a good day. There's just a lot of joy inside me."
"We saw right away in Spring Training, he played with a certain calmness and confidence—the veteran guys embraced him right away, because they could see the same thing everyone else did," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.
Story became the first Rockies player to homer in his Major League debut on Opening Day since third baseman Jeff Baker against the Padres in 2005. Baker was the last Rockies player to make his debut as an Opening Day starter. (Harding - MLB.com - 4/5/16)
Story has a magnetic personality molded by diverse experience. While earning a starting job in Spring Training 2016, Story kept a mostly poker-faced on-field demeanor, although six home runs in Cactus League play, followed by the four in his first Major League week, have made him break character.
"That's just how I've played the game," Story said. "I have a lot of fun playing the game, too. You see me smiling in the dugout or on the field if I make a good play. But I love this game so much that I put a lot of effort and energy into it. I like to focus and be serious when I'm playing."
Off the field, Story cracks up. "A lot of my friends and a lot of guys in here make fun of me, because I laugh. I giggle sometimes," he said. "I get a lot of flak from my friends, because sometimes they think it's annoying. It's just very, very easy to make me laugh. I make a lot of people who aren't funny think they're funny." (Harding - MLB.com - 4/7/16)
- If not for baseball, Story said he would be a firefighter and paramedic, like his father, Ken. "He'd take me to the station," Story said. "I fell in love with that, too. I vaguely remember his leaving there—the alarm would go off and they all scurried around, got dressed and had to get out of there pretty quick. It's pretty cool to be there and be around that environment."
Trevor's mother, Teddie, is CEO of Irving Cares, which runs a food pantry and provides emergency assistance with rent, utilities and prescriptions, as well as employment services. And she made sure her son understood the importance of caring.
"She had me go there a couple times in middle school and a few times in high school go out there and volunteer for the food pantry, just sort out canned goods and deliver canned goods and help anybody that needs help," Story said. "Every offseason, I try to do some type of volunteering. I grew up being very appreciative of what I have, and not taking for granted things and people that are around you. Don't get too caught up in materialistic stuff."
Story realized his baseball dream a long time ago, when he played high school ball with older brother, Tyler, who would play outfield and first base at the University of Texas, and is a graduate student in physical therapy at Missouri State University.
"He was a senior. I was kind of mad at our coach for not putting me on varsity my freshman year, but I was moved up for the last four games," Story said. "When I got there, I think I did well. But really, it was just fun playing with my brother, because I always wanted to do that—especially for the Irving Tigers."
Like most big leaguers, Trevor is a big sports fan.
"I'm a die-hard baseball guy. I eat and breathe it," Story said. "But I talk to my family, hang out with my family, keep up with other sports. I love LSU—that's where I was going to go play [before the Rockies drafted him]. I love keeping up with them. A couple of my friends play college ball, and I keep up with them. I watch Dallas Mavericks basketball, and pretty much any other sport." (Harding - MLB.com - 4/7/16)
May 20, 2016: Five seasons in the Minor Leagues, and Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story never had played in any league's All-Star Game. Not that it mattered. Story never has been hung up on awards. Ever since the Rockies made him the 45th player selected in the 2011 draft, he has had only one goal—making it to the Major Leagues.
Mission accomplished. Story has arrived with a "Hey, look at me!" debut that has put him in position to start adding accolades to his resume, like becoming the first rookie shortstop to be elected in a fan vote to start an All-Star Game. His stats are worthy. More than that, his timing is perfect.
Oh, and Story can play defense, too.
When the Rockies had him moving around at second base and third base in the Minor Leagues the past two years, there was speculation that the team was concerned about whether he could handle the demands at short.
No truth to it. They were getting a look at how he handled other positions because Troy Tulowitzki was entrenched at shortstop in Colorado. When Tulowitzki was dealt to the Blue Jays, the Rockies did take Reyes back in the deal, but that was primarily as a salary offset for the Tulowitzki contract with the thought Reyes could hold down the fort until Story arrived.
Turned out, Story's future is now. He is proving he not only belongs in the big leagues, but perhaps in the NL starting lineup at the All-Star Game, as well. (T Ringlosby - MLB.com - May 21, 2016)
Story has a lively righthanded bat. He has very quick hands and a knack for putting the barrel on the ball and making steady contact. He has a solid middle-of-the-field approach, good bat speed and the ability to drive the ball. He could have 20-homer power once he gains size and strength.
He should hit .275-to-.285 or so, along with 15-20 home runs per season. And his home runs go out to left, center and right field.
Trevor is working on staying back, going the other way and understanding pitch recognition.
He has developed rather impressive discipline at the plate. Interestingly, Story is both aggressive and patient at the same time. He goes to the plate with a plan, and he sticks to the plan.
His swing has a slight uppercut, hitting for a solid average and increasing his power numbers every year.
He stays behind the ball well. His bat gets on plane and stays there. He generates his power by collapsing on his backside and using an uppercut in his stroke. His quick hands provide quality bat speed and allow hm to barrel the ball.
Story has a mature approach and makes impressive adjustments at the plate, using the leverage in his swing to drive the ball to all fields. And he has a knack for driving the ball the other way, though he can become too pull-conscious.
"My approach is to stay in the middle of the field or, most of the time, to the opposite gap. I was kind of pulling off the ball a little bit trying to pull, chasing bad pitches and striking out," Trevor said in 2013.
He recognizes breaking pitches, but has big trouble with sliders down and away. Pitchers also get him out with baseball both in and up, and he will have to eliminate at least on of those holes to move up. As of the start of the 2016 season, Story always strikes out just over 25% of the time.
Trevor carries his hands with him at times while striding, keeping him from reading and recognizing pitches. He has good hand-eye coordination and plus at speed, but will pull off his lower half, causing balance issues that make it hard for him to get to anything spinning on the outer half of the plate.
Story has enough bat speed and strength to let the ball travel. And in 2014, he was better about not sitting on his backside, and he had trouble keeping his lower half closed. He is now more consistent with his offensive approach.
He has had problems staying balanced at the plate and keeping his head locked in to see the ball. At times he expands the strike zone, particularly against breaking balls. The high strikeouts won’t go away, but in 2015 he did swing and miss less thanks to a more focused gap-to-gap approach and better selectivity. (Spring 2016)
- Trevor's offensive numbers are a product of his work with Rock Cats manager Darin Everson, who was his hitting coach both in Tulsa and in Arizona. Together they've worked on preparing to take any pitch in any direction.
"He's controlling his body and doing it more consistently," said Everson. "One of his things, when he is under control and slow with his tempo at the plate, he's very, very good. He's got lightning in his hands. He's able to really drive the ball well to all fields. When he has control and command of his body, he's an impact player."
"It's good having him here because he's seen what I went through in Tulsa and the Fall League," Story said of Everson. "He knows where I'm at. It all starts with being on time and ready to hit, for me. Just using the whole field, staying up the middle and the other way. I might get some hits to left, but that doesn't mean I was trying to hit it left. I'm staying with the same approach and staying up the middle and usually it's pretty good." (Craig Forde - MiLB.com - 5/05/15)
BIG SPLASH IN VERY FIRST MONTH
- April 5, 2016: Story launched a home run to left-center off D-backs pitcher Shelby Miller—his third homer in his first two Major League games.
Story, who was the first player in history to celebrate an Opening Day Major League debut with two home runs, joining the Cardinals' Joe Cunningham in 1954 as the only players in modern history (since 1900) with three home runs in his first two career games. He's also the first player since Charlie Reilly of the 1889 Columbus Solons to follow a two-homer debut with a homer in his second game.
Additionally, Story became the only Rockies player other than Todd Helton to homer in his first two Major League games. Helton went deep against the Pirates on Aug. 2 and 3, 1997, at Three Rivers Stadium. (Thomas Harding - MLB.com. - April 6, 2016)
April 8, 2016: Trevor became the fifth player in Major League history to homer in four straight games to start a season, and the first to begin a season with six in four games when he went deep twice in a 13-9 loss to the Padres at Coors Field.
"I never would've thought that I'd start out like this, but it's been great so far," Story said.
Rumor has it he made his bat out of a tree felled by lightning in his boyhood home in Texas. Others say he learned to play in a magical corn field in Iowa. Whatever the truth is, rookie Trevor has had a first week that is the stuff of legend, rewriting the record book as he collected over a half-mile of homers in his first half-dozen games in the big leagues.
Lightning struck in the eighth inning in a 6-3 victory over the Padres, when Story drove a Brandon Maurer offering 425 feet into the left-field seats for his seventh home run in six games. He holds the record for most home runs through his first six Major League contests, as well as the record for most homers through a team's first six games of the season. But from Story's perspective, the best may be yet to come.
"I haven't faced a lot of these guys, so it might take a couple times to get familiar with these pitchers," Story said. "You can watch them on video, but I think it's a little different when you actually are in the box facing them. I feel good hitting pitches right now."
Story is the master of the understatement. The raw rookie has handled his unprecedented success well, shaking off a "bad" day on April 9, when he didn't homer and only collected one hit, extending what is now a six-game hitting streak to kick off his career. He came back to earth and spent a rare day beneath the radar before returning Sunday to the new normal and his 189-homer pace.
"If that's normal, that would be pretty nice," manager Walt Weiss said. "He's on quite a run." (Perkins - MLB.com - 4/10/16)
at the end of his first week in the Show, Trevor was named NL Player of the Week.
April 18, 2016: Story launched his eighth homer in just 13 Major League games—something no player in the modern era (since 1900) had ever done.
April 28, 2016: Trevor set a National League rookie record for home runs in April when he hit his ninth off Pirates lefthander Jonathon Niese. Story broke a mark held by the Cardinals' Albert Pujols, who had eight in 2001. White Sox slugger Jose Abreu holds the Major League record with 10 in 2014.
- April 29, 2016: The "Story" continues. Trevor Story has powered his way into the record books.
Story hit a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning, his 10th of the season. The homer tied the MLB rookie record for home runs in April set by White Sox slugger Jose Abreu in 2014.
Story's homer came in his 21st game, tying him George Scott (1966) as the fastest player in MLB history to 10 home runs. (J Sanchez, - MLB.com - April 29, 2016)
- July 23, 2016: Story broke the National League record for home runs (25) by a rookie shortstop.
Trevor has a very strong arm at shortstop. (He had a 90-92 mph fastball in high school off the mound.)
"I'm definitely more comfortable at short because I’ve played there my whole life,” Story said. “But I’m getting a lot more comfortable at third. The angles are definitely a little different. At the hot corner, you get the balls hit pretty hard at you and you don’t have a lot of time to react. At short, you have a little more time.”
Story has smooth actions and plus range. He has good hands. But he does lay back a little bit on balls hit right at him. Improved footwork in 2015 allows his agility to play through the ball much better. He has very good range, especially to his backhand.
Asheville coach Mike Deveraux said of Story, "He has a calmness of the game. He controls the game out there with great range and a good arm," Mike said.
And Trevor is a calm, instinctive shortstop who covers a lot of territory and rarely makes an ill-advised throw.
Story's instinctive play and easy actions helped him earn Best Defensive Shortstop in his league for the second straight season. He won the honor in 2012 in low Class A's South Atlantic League, and added Best Infield Arm in 2013 from the California League mangers.
Interestingly, Trevor plays defense with an element of calm. He is not the rangiest middle infielder, but he positions himself well and his strong arm can make up for any shortcomings.
- The Rockies shift more than most clubs and believe that versatility is helpful in different alignments, but they see Story as a shortstop. He has the necessary athleticism to handle any infield position while still putting up big-time offensive numbers.
Story credits former Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Believing he'd grow into a bigger shortstop, Story grew up following Tulowitzki and Derek Jeter, and admitted awe when Tulowitzki texted him on draft day. But when Tulowitzki invited him to train with him in Las Vegas before Spring Training, Story approached as a studious pro.
Story and Tulowitzki, who was traded to the Blue Jays, have batter's box mannerisms and gaits that are similar. Yet Tulowitzki's emotions burn beneath his eyeblack patches, while Story shows little expression behind his dishwater blonde beard, but it all adds up to both being no-nonsense players. Story left Vegas having adopted Tulowtizki's practice habits.
"We were practicing taking groundballs," Story said. "He was really intense, really low and firing the ball to first. He did it 10 times in a row. He said, 'You need to practice this, how you do it in the game. Do 10 game reps. That'll get you ready for the game better than 25 or 30 nonchalant groundballs and flipping it over." (Thomas Harding - MLB.com - March 29, 2016)
- Trevor's play at short is solid, and improving. "The intricacies of the position have really improved for him over the last year and a half,” Rockies farm director Zach Wilson said in the spring of 2016, citing Story’s footwork, agility and aggressiveness on grounders. “That was the next step for him, and it’s happening.”
Trevor has about-average speed, but is a solid runner. And he runs the bases well, exhibiting impressive instincts. He gets a real good jump when stealing a base.
- Story is an intelligent base-runner. He is not that fast, but give him an opportunity and . . . "he gone!"
Aug 2-Oct 3, 2016: Story was on the DL with a torn ulnar Collateral ligament in his left thumb.
- May 11-23, 2017: Story was on the DL with a left shoulder strain.