In the span of a week, Trevor Story of the Colorado Rockies went from having never played in a Major League Baseball game to winning National League Player of the Week honors.
Story, Colorado’s rookie shortstop who earned the job with a tremendous showing in spring training, reaped his first-ever honor after playing his first-ever week in the big leagues. His week has become somewhat legendary and put him on the map with baseball fans around the country and in the history books as well.
The 23-year-old phenom homered twice in his MLB debut against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He would also homer twice in a game in Colorado’s home opener against the San Diego Padres on Friday.
By week’s end, he would lead both leagues in home runs (seven), RBI (12), total bases (30) and slugging percentage (1.111). His power surge allowed him to become the first MLB player to hit seven home runs in his first six career games. Not only that, but Story is also the first player to ever hit a home run seven times in his team’s first six games in a season.
After his accomplishments, his helmet and batting gloves were sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Story, however, wouldn’t give up his bat.
Story is part of a Colorado home run attack that has pushed the Rockies to the top of MLB in the category with 17 round-trippers in all.
In six games, Story went 9-for-27 at the plate (with seven homers and two singles) and scored seven runs.
Since its inception in 1974, the Rockies shortstop is one of four rookies to ever win the player of the week award during the first week of the season. Ironically, the first American League Player of the Year of 2016 is also a rookie as Houston’s Tyler Barnes took home honors.
Trevor Story and the Rockies return to the field on Tuesday when they open a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field.