If you know nothing else about us, you know that we’re excited for the Colorado Rockies to open spring training next week in Scottsdale, Ariz. It’s been a long winter and we’re ready for the boys of summer to retake the field.
During the offseason, we’ve been keeping up with the latest news on Colorado and taking notes on who might make the biggest impact in Arizona. We’ve come up with five things we think will happen in Scottsdale … and they are five things that will carry over to the regular season.
Trevor Story Finally Shows Off His Speed
Lost in a lot of the record-setting season that rookie shortstop Trevor Story had in 2016 is the fact that he has great speed on the basepaths as well. He has just eight stolen bases last season before being lost with a thumb injury in late July. He never had the chance to flash his speed last season. That will change in 2017.
Check out this quote about Story from this article. It’s from before he ever stepped foot onto Coors Field…
His speed is a tick above average but he gets excellent jumps and is a superior baserunner, aggressive and confident and usually successful when he takes a gamble.
He had 22 steals between Double-A and Triple-A in 2015 and had 23 at Single-A and Double-A the year before that. The speed is there. Mix that in with Story’s power on display from last season (27 homers and 72 RBI) and it’s very possible Story could be even more dangerous this season than last year.
We believe Story will be much more of a factor this season on the bases, and that will start in Arizona.