I did it. I resisted the urge to use the Rockies shortstop last name for a catchy article title. Everyone is having fun with this…information, and how can you not? A year ago the Rockies traded away one of the top shortstops in MLB when healthy in Troy Tulowitzski, in exchange for a disappointing Jose Reyes who was the best in the game for several years himself. Then he was involved in a domestic violence abuse case this off-season, leading to him starting the year not available for the Rockies. Enter their 2011 First Round Draft Pick: Trevor Story.
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Now he has homered in his first 3 games – one game twice – which according to Elias Sports Bureau is the first time this has ever been done since 1900. Corey Seager who? Story was ranked as MLB’s 11th ranked prospect to start the year, so it’s not like he has come out of nowhere exactly, not to mention his first round pedigree. It’s just that this wasn’t expected. We expected the…word out of Colorado to be more about what the Rockies would do at shorstop after trading Tulo and not having Reyes to start the year.
The Padres would love to have a situation like this happen to them in the next year or so, wouldn’t they? Hunter Renfroe was a first round pick a few years ago and all indications are that he is improving and preparing for his own 2017 Padres entrance if not later this season if he can continue to hit in AAA.
I mean, no one had homered twice in their MLB debut until Story did that, which also happened to be against Zack Greinke of Arizona. While some might try and discount the offensive exploits of any Colorado player – also realize he hasn’t yet made his Coors Field debut! This was all in Arizona. When he homered in his first two games as a Rockie, he tied the mark of another Rockies all time great: Todd Helton.
The Padres will tame the Rockies rookie this weekend while trying to change their own fortune after their scoreless opening series against the Dodgers. They will send Drew Pomeranz and Colin Rea to the hill before finishing up with Tyson Ross. While in theory a visit to Colorado will help the offense, it is not traditionally known to be kind to pitchers and after allowing 25 runs in three games the Padres pitching isn’t off the hook either. It all starts Friday when the Padres resume their quest to show that the first three games were more of an aberration than what to expect all season.