More real than the speed threat that has undoubtedly blossomed is still the threat of his bat. Quietly, he has been more patient at the plate and has put together much better at-bats.
"“It’s a mindset for sure,” Story said. “Competing up there. it’s tough these guys are nasty but when there is two strikes being more aware and put it in play and maybe use my speed.”"
He has reached base more already this season on soft hit balls. Besides that, he’s chasing less pitches at a 25 percent rate (third-best in baseball among qualified shortstops.)
"“My approach is just trying to hit the ball hard no matter where it is. I try to stay through the middle for sure. For me, it’s getting my pitch and not missing it."
That approach has been lifted by the fact that Story is seeing the 12th-most pitches per plate appearances in Major League Baseball.
"“Trevor is looking better the last four or five games with solid contact,” Black said. “Trevor’s at-bats have been better. He’s doing fine.”"
He did that with a grand slam off left-hander Eric Lauer on Tuesday. Essentially his job is to rake lefties.