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Saturday, March 12, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL STOCK WATCH: TREVOR STORY BECOMING A 'STORY' IN CAMP

The Colorado Rockies wasted little time banishing away shortstop Jose Reyes from the team at the start of spring training after he was involved in a domestic incident with his wife that resulted in physical abuse.  With Reyes and his status more than up in the air as MLB gets set to levy a lengthy suspension, the search was on for a possible replacement at shortstop for the team.  Enter in former 2011 first round pick (11th overall) Trevor Story who just finished smacking his third home run of spring training on Saturday which also raised his batting average to .294.  Story is begging to become a "story" in fantasy baseball and his home locale alone has many now raising their eyebrows in interest. 

Now as far as the "backstory" on Story is concerned, his pedigree was always considered significant due to his very high draft slot but it took awhile for some positive results to be seen from his bat as it was not until 2014 when he finally was promoted to Double-A.  An ugly .200 average (albeit with 9 home runs) in 237 at-bats showed that Story was far from a finished product and that some more work needed to be done for him to even think about getting a shot with the big club.  Enter the 2015 season which is when the proverbial light bulb seemed to go off for Story.  Showcasing impressive power and some solid speed, Story cracked 10 home runs and swiped 15 bases in 300 Double-A at-bats.  That was accompanied by a much improved .281 average that helped Story get promoted to Triple-A midway through the 2015 season.  Story continued to assault the baseball there as he hit 10 more home runs with 7 steals in just 275 at-bats with a .277 average.  Thus it certainly looked like Story was ready to make a move to the Rockies.  Then the Reyes incident unfolded and we are looking at the situation at hand now in terms of Story knocking on the major league door. 

At the very least, Story's big start to the spring and his possible arrival in Coors Field as a hitter is something to be very in tune on.  Story has some Brian Dozier in him in terms of striking out a bunch that could make him a batting average liability but he does offset this a bit with his power/speed game.  Right now you should have Story on all your fantasy baseball sleeper lists as the shallow shortstop position alone makes him intriguing.  This could be a very interesting "Story" indeed. 

 

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