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Trevor John Story is an American professional baseball shortstop for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut on April 4, 2016. On April 8, 2016, Story set a MLB record for a rookie by hitting home runs in each of his first 4 games, and tied the MLB rookie record for home runs in the month of April. Story was named the National League’s Rookie of the Month for April 2016.
The Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB) selected Story as a shortstop in the first round, with the 45th overall selection, of the 2011 MLB draft. Story signed with the Rockies, receiving a $915,000 signing bonus, rather than attend LSU. After he signed, he played for the Casper Ghosts of the Rookie-level Pioneer League, where he batted .268. In 2012, Story played for the Asheville Tourists of the Class A South Atlantic League (SAL), and was named a SAL Postseason All-Star after batting .277 with 18 home runs, 63 runs batted in (RBIs), and 43 doubles, which led all SAL players. Prior to the 2013 season, Story was ranked as the 99th-best prospect in baseball by MLB.com. Story played for the Modesto Nuts of the Class A-Advanced California League in 2013, and he struggled, recording a .233 batting average with 12 home runs and 65 RBIs. In 2014, after investing a short time with the Class A Short Season Tri-City Dust Devils and excelling in Modesto, with a .322 batting average and 20 stolen bases, the Rockies promoted Story to the Tulsa Drillers of the Class AA Texas League in June. He struggled with Tulsa, batting .205.
With Troy Tulowitzki playing shortstop for the Rockies, Story started to acquire experience as a second baseman and third baseman. He started the 2015 season with the New Britain Rock Cats of the Class AA Eastern League, and had actually a .281 batting average in 300 plate appearances prior to was promoted to the Albuquerque Isotopes of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League on July 1. During the 2015 season, the Rockies traded Tulowitzki, and Story appeared in the All-Star Futures Game. He finished the 2015 season with a .350 on-base percentage and 20 home runs for New Britain and Albuquerque. The Rockies added Story to their 40-man lineup after the 2015 season.
With José Reyes suspended for the start of the 2016 season, Story took on Cristhian Adames to become the Rockies’ starting shortstop during spring training in 2016. He had a .340 batting average during spring training, and he made the Rockies’ Opening Day roster.
Making his major league debut on Opening Day, April 4, as the Rockies’ starting shortstop against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Story recorded his first career hit, a three-run home run off Zack Greinke, in his second big league at bat. He hit another home run in his next plate look, becoming the seventh player to hit two home runs in one game versus Greinke and the 6th player in MLB history to hit 2 home runs on his debut, following Charlie Reilly, Bob Nieman, Bert Campaneris, Mark Quinn, and J. P. Arencibia. Of the 6, Story was the only National Leaguer, and the only one to make his big league debut on Opening Day. The following day, Story hit another home run, ending up being only the third player ever to hit 3 home runs in his first two games, following Reilly and Joe Cunningham. On his third day in the major leagues, he hit a two-run home run off Arizona’s Patrick Corbin, ending up being the first player in MLB history to hit a home run in each of his first three games and a home run in each of his first four hits.
In his fourth game, Story hit 2 home runs against the San Diego Padres, ending up being the first rookie to hit home runs in his first four games, and the first player in major league history to hit 6 home runs in the first four games of any season. He hit another home run in his sixth game, off Brandon Maurer, setting the MLB record for the most home runs (7) in a team’s first six games, eclipsing the previous record of 6 home runs in six games set by Larry Walker, Mike Schmidt, and Willie Mays. Story won the National League Player of the Week Award for the first week of the season. With ten home runs in April, Story tied the MLB rookie record, previously set by José Abreu of the Chicago White Sox. After completing the month leading all MLB rookies with 10 home runs, 19 runs scored, 20 runs batted in, and three triples, Story won the National League Rookie of the Month Award for April.
Story was selected as one of the 5 choices for the All-Star Final Vote. On August 2, Story was put on the 15-day disabled list due to a torn ulnar collateral ligament of the thumb. He had surgical treatment on the thumb and missed the rest of the season. He finished his rookie season with 101 hits, 67 runs scored, 27 home runs, and 72 RBI.