Colorado Rockies: A Mile High history of shortstops from Weiss to Story
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The present and future
In need of a staple shortstop, the team gave Trevor Story a non-roster invite to Spring Training at the beginning of the 2016 season. Earning the opportunity after making the Opening Day roster, Story had himself one heck of a rookie season, before his year was derailed with an injury.
During that first year, Story played in 97 games. He slashed .272/.341/.567 with a ridiculous 27 home runs and 72 RBI. The young star’s career kicked off with a bang, as on Opening Day he launched not just one but two home runs off Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke. It would only be the beginning.
While 2017 was a down year for Story, last season, he rebounded nicely and in a significant way. He missed only five games the whole year and posted 37 home runs with 108 RBI. Story also stole 27 bases and slashed .291/.348/.567. Most impressively, he produced a .384 wOBA and 127 wRC+. It was good enough for an even 5.0 WAR. In just his third season, Story finished as a top-20 offensive producer will only continue to get better.
Currently, Story is the future at shortstop for the Rockies. He is not a free agent until 2022 and will most certainly be the next name in line for an extension. Brendan Rodgers is on his way to the Show, and the team also has both Colton Welker and Garrett Hampson, who himself saw time with the big league club last season, waiting in the wings.
Only time will tell for what is next; however, the future is bright for Colorado at the shortstop position. Moving forward fans can enjoy the depth of the situation for many years to come while enjoying the production from so many of the clubs young guys. It is an excellent time to be a Rockies fan.