What an incredible week for Trevor Story. On Sunday, the Colorado Rockies rookie slammed his seventh home run in six games, a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth that helped the Rockies to a 6-3 victory over the Padres.
That gives Story seven home runs in his first week as a Major League baseball player – meaning he has more home runs than 16 teams. The shortstop had become the first player in the majors to homer in the first four games of his career, and now has 12 RBIs through six games.
“It’s been fun so far,” Story said.
Quite so. And the National Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown has already nabbed Story’s helmet and batting gloves. “They asked for the bat,” Story said, “but I couldn’t give up the bat.”
Story isn’t your typical buffed slugger with the six-pack abs and the bulging biceps. The 6ft 1in, 180lb shortstop generates his tremendous bat speed and powerful punch at the plate with a strong core and terrific technique honed through five minor league seasons.
“He uses his lower half well. That’s usually where it comes from,” Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. “The guys that hit from the ground up tend to have more power, and that’s what he does very well. He really uses his backside. Yeah, that’s where he generates. He’s a strong kid.”
Story set the Major League record for home runs in a team’s first six games of a season, ahead of Larry Walker (six in 1997), Mike Schmidt (six in 1976) and Willie Mays (six in 1964).
Story, who averaged 14 home runs in his five minor league seasons, has no explanation for his sizzling start – but he did say he felt locked in at the plate. “I just clear my mind, compete with my eyes and react with my hands.”
His Rockies team-mate Carlos Gonzalez was full of praise for the 23-year-old Texan.
“Whenever he gets a pitch around the strike zone he just hits it out of the ballpark,” Gonzalez said. “So hopefully he can continue to do that for the entire year and we’re going to see a special season.”
San Diego manager Andy Green said the Padres went back to study Story’s minor league at-bats to try to find some clues about how to keep him in the ballpark but didn’t unearth any answers. A week into the new season, nobody has.
This article was written by Guardian sport, for theguardian.com on Monday 11th April 2016 20.36 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010