Trevor Story was given an opportunity in the starting role from Day 1 last season, replacing the suspended Jose Reyes. The rookie took off from the get-go, seemingly tearing down every rookie record in the book. Through the first month of the season, he already had 10 home runs, 20 RBI, and a massive 1.019 OPS. Understandably, he wasn't able to sustain this ridiculously torrid pace, but he managed to put up a .908 OPS, 27 home runs and 72 RBI prior to a thumb injury that cut his season short by two months. Story's 130 strikeouts are a concern, as that number could grow as pitchers figure out his tendencies, and his home/road splits were very different as one would expect for a Coors Field batter (1.086 home OPS vs. .747 road OPS). That being said, Story cemented himself as the shortstop of the future for the Rockies, and he looks to be an excellent source of power at the shortstop position playing half of his games in the thin Colorado air.
Story is 8-for-25 (.320) with four doubles and four home runs through nine games this spring. The 24-year-old is making this kind of performance seem like an annual routine, as this torrid production pushes his career spring training OPS to a blistering 1.156 mark. Of course these stats don't count for anything once the regular season rolls around, but it's a good sign to see that Story is already in mid-season form as he heads into his second season as the Rockies starting shortstop.
Story says he has fully recovered from thumb surgery and will be ready for spring training, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. Story underwent the surgery to repair a torn UCL in August, abruptly ending his dynamic 2016 season. This is great news regarding the young slugger, who set a National League rookie record with 27 home runs and finished the season with a .567 slugging percentage. If Story can cut down on his strikeout rate (31.3 percent), he could find himself among the league's elite power hitters.
Story (thumb) will have to improve his home/road splits in the coming season to reduce the chance of a major regression, according to Manny Randhawa of Sports on Earth. Story was a force to be reckoned with in 176 at-bats at Coors Field, batting .313 with 16 home runs and a 1.086 OPS. However, as one would expect, his numbers tapered off significantly on the road, as he only batted .235 in 196 road at-bats and saw his OPS drop over 300 points. Randhawa noted that the 24-year-old's career could take very different turns depending on how he adjusts in away games, noting that five-time All-Star Troy Tulowitzki managed to overcome the Coors Field Effect in his sophomore season, while former Rockies bust Wilin Rosario saw his stats at home decrease after failing to adjust to the foreign environments. Story seems to be on track to be ready for spring training following thumb surgery in August, but his fantasy value likely lies more in whether or not he can prove that 2016 was no fluke, which he can do by hitting better away from Denver.
Story (thumb) underwent surgery Thursday to repair a torn UCL in his thumb. While it was initially thought that Story merely had a jammed thumb, follow up tests revealed that he had in fact torn a ligament. Although there's been no official word on his shelf time, it seems likely that the shortstop will be shut down for the rest of the season. There's plenty of reason for excitement down the road for the 23-year-old as he was on pace for 100-plus runs and RBI prior to the injury.
Story will undergo surgery to repair the torn UCL in his thumb and he will likely miss the remainder of the regular season, MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports. Story was initially diagnosed with a jammed thumb, but further testing on the area Tuesday revealed a torn unlar collateral ligament in his thumb. He will undergo surgery in the near future and according to Jenny Cavnar of Root Sports, the usual timetable for that procedure is roughly eight weeks. The timing of Story's diagnosis compounds its impact given that the Rockies could have traded for a shortstop at the trade deadline had they known about the extent of the injury. Instead, the Rockies will likely have to go with a platoon of Cristhian Adames, Daniel Descalso, and Rafael Ynoa at shortstop. Regardless, it will be nearly impossible to replace Story's Rookie of the Year-level production with that platoon. Story slashed .272/.341/.567 with 27 home runs and 72 RBI through 97 games this season.