Name: Trevor Story | Position: Shortstop | Video: Yes
Organization: Colorado Rockies | Current Team: Modesto Nuts (High-A)
DOB: November 15, 1992| Age: 20
Height: 6’1″| Weight: 175
Draft: Round 1S, No. 45, 2011| Bonus: $915,000 (via Baseball America)
Games Seen: 2| Date(s): 7/17 – 7/18
Next Year: High-A | ML Arrival: 2016
Top Class: ML | Risk: High
Hit: Can be easily attacked by opponents that have velocity, because of average bat speed, or fringe spin offerings as player hasn’t shown pitch recognition skills in brief look. Propensity to pull pitches that are located down and away; can try to sell out for power by lowering back shoulder even with two strikes. Lacks a two-strike approach. Poor timing at the plate and quieting the setup would help. He’ll keep the bat back on his shoulder as the pitcher winds up, then as the pitcher is readying to fire, player will waggle bat back towards body and lower hands as he recovers. Anytime I noticed him doing it, he was late on fastballs. You can see it in the video here (first plate appearance).
Power: Most entertaining batting practice of all the players between San Jose and Modesto. Cranked home runs out of the park to his pull side and would show some ability to drive the ball with authority the other way. However, he tried to hit the ball out of the park with every swing he took in BP, and that approach is carrying over into the game — lot of swings and misses with infield pop ups. Should develop some more raw power as the body matures; good frame. 55 raw power potential, but in-game utility isn’t as high because he’s caught out in front too often on pitches away.
Run: Not a burner nor a clogger. Only reached base once (via error), hustled to second base while the opposing team misplayed his infield pop up. Other than that, never got a sense of his ability on the bases, or even on a dig to first.
Arm: 60 grade arm; can flick balls accurately due to arm strength across the diamond whether he’s ranging left or right. Makes it look easy.
Fielding: Natural instincts to go with proper fluid actions at the position. Made a few fantastic plays defensively with his pure athleticism and instincts. He’s definitely a shortstop all the way. Solid-average defender with a chance to become a plus defender because of the athleticism.
Overall: Story will finish the year as a 20-year-old in the California League, so it’s early to write him off even though I’ve expressed legitimate concerns on my end regarding his hitting. However, if you can’t hit, you can’t play at the top level. He needs to significantly improve his hitting, from identifying spin to laying off of those same offerings. Too many times he was beat the same way – flailing at spin/soft down and away. I always do my best to avoid looking at statistics before seeing a player for the first time, but my two game look of Story, in which he went 0-for-8 with 4 strikeouts, supported how the 2013 season’s gone for him. With that being said, I think his ceiling right now would be no higher than an average everyday starter/second-division starter