by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
Rockies' Trevor Story: Added to 40-man roster
Story was added to the Rockies' 40-man roster Friday, Jenny Cavnar of Root Sports reports. He split 2015 between Double-A and Triple-A, and the surface numbers look almost identical between levels. Story hit 20 doubles, 10 homers and drove in 40 runs at both stops, with his average falling just four points (from .281 to .277) following the jump to Albuquerque. The most notable decline was to his walk rate, as Story only managed to walk at only a 5.8 percent clip at Triple-A after managing an 11.7 percent mark at Double-A. Regardless, Story is viewed by many as the future at shortstop for Colorado, and he figures to debut in 2016 no matter what happens with Jose Reyes.
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
Rockies promote shortstop prospect Trevor Story to Triple-A
The Rockies have promoted shortstop Trevor Story to Triple-A Alburquerque. Story was drafted in the first round (45th overall) by the Rockies in 2011. In 69 games with Double-A New Britain this season, Story posted a .281/.373/.523 line with 10 home runs, 20 doubles and 40 RBI. He also stole 15 bases. "He's earned the opportunity for a greater challenge," Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said, per The Denver Post. Story has spent much of his professional career at shortstop, but he has also seen some time at third base and second base. But the Rockies still view him as a shortstop when all is said and done. "Some of that remains to be seen. You don't truly know until you see the guy do it at this level," Bridich said. "But we drafted him as a shortstop and he's continued to play shortstop in the minor leagues. ... At this point, we absolutely believe he can be a major-league shortstop."
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
Rockies option Chad Bettis, Ben Paulsen to minors
The Rockies optioned three players and reassigned nine other to their minor league camp on Sunday. Optioned to the minors were RHP Chad Bettis, who is converting from relief to a starting pitcher. He didn't allow a run in five spring innings. "He's in a good place," manager Walt Weiss said, per the Denver Post. "There's some clarity in his role and what he needs to do. It was a positive camp for him." First baseman Ben Paulsen, who had a .108 spring average. "He hasn't had a great spring," Weiss said. "But that doesn't diminish what I think of the guy." LHP Chris Rusin, who had a 6.43 spring ERA. Reassigned to minor league camp were: LHP Kraig Sitton, LHP Aaron Laffey, LHP John Lannan, RHP Jair Jurrjens, RHP Brett Marshall, catcher Audry Perez, infielders Trevor Story and Omar Quintanilla, and outfielder Roger Bernadina.