As he enters his second major-league season, do you think that Trevor Story is going to be the next Troy Tulowitzki? We'll leave it up to you.
The Rockies' young shortstop has made quite a name for himself as he enters his second major-league season, and it has many fans wondering if Trevor Story has what it takes to fill the big shoes left by Troy Tulowitzki.
After six consecutive losing seasons, the Rockies are in desperate need of a winning season. After all, it has
been 10 years since Rocktober! We think it's time for a win, don't you?
In order for this to become a reality, the Rockies will need Story to pick up where he left off last year – 27 home runs in 97 games, before his rookie season was cut short due to a torn ligament in his left thumb. Standing at six-foot-two and 217 pounds, Story is out to prove that 2016 was not a fluke. Even though he still has a lot to prove, his teammates are confident in Story establishing himself as a player.
"I think the way Trevor played last year, and the way he works so hard at his game, tells you he can," said second baseman DJ LeMahieu.
Rockies manager Bud Black is also anticipating huge things from the shortstop. "Talented. I like the defense. I like the arm. There is a lot to like, but he's still growing as a player and there are things he will continue to improve on."
Story is looking to cut down on his high number of strikeouts, with 31.3 percent of his at-bats last year.
Here's a comparison of Troy Tulowitzki and Trevor Story's rookie seasons:
Troy Tulowitzki | 2007 Rockies
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.291 average, 24 home runs, 99 RBIs, 33 doubles, five triples, .838 OPS
.987 fielding percentage (11 errors)
Runner-up in NL rookie of the year voting
Rockies finised 90-73, second in NL West, earned NL wild-card playoff berth, advanced to World Series
Trevor Story | 2016 Rockies
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: 97 (season ended due to torn ligament in left thumb)
.272 average, 27 home runs, 72 RBIs, 21 doubles, .908 OPS
.977 fielding percentage (10 errors)
Fourth in NL rookie of the year voting
Rockies finished 75-87, third in NL West
What do you think? Is Trevor Story the player who is going to take the Rockies to the playoffs? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.