Colorado’s Trevor Story is one of the best power-hitting shortstops in MLB history, although playing half his games in the thin air of Denver obviously helps. Here are two props available to wager at Mybookie on Story’s 2020 MLB season – assuming there is one – and an overview.
Trevor Story MLB Awards Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season
The two-time All-Star and two-time Sliver Slugger Story was drafted by the Rockies in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft, and has emerged as of the best shortstops in the league. Story signed with the Rockies, receiving a $915,000 signing bonus, rather than attending LSU.
He had a very memorable debut in 2016, in which he hit 10 home runs in April — tying the rookie record previously set by José Abreu. His first career hit was a three-run homer off of Zack Greinke in his Arizona Diamondbacks debut.
Last year, Trevor set new career highs in runs (111), batting average (.294) and on-base percentage (.363). He hit 35 home runs, making him the first shortstop in Major League history to begin his career with four consecutive seasons of 20 or more home runs.
Story finished among NL leaders in runs (111-6th), extra-base hits (78-5th), doubles (T-5), stolen bases (23-8th), hits (173-9th), total bases (326) and slugging percentage (.554). He became the first Rockie with multiple seasons of at least 30 home runs and 20 stolen bases (five Rockies players had one such season, most recently Carlos González in 2010).
Story is just the second shortstop in Major League history with multiple 30/20 seasons, joining Alex Rodriguez (1998-99). He is the third Rockies player with multiple 20-steal and 20-homer seasons in club history (also: Dante Bichette, Carlos González). He is the first Rockies shortstop with consecutive years of 15 or more steals.
Trevor Story was the second shortstop in Colorado Rockies history to have 100 runs and 30 home runs in a season (also: Troy Tulowitzki, 101 runs, 32 home runs in 2009). He was the eighth National League shortstop to have such a season, and the first since Tulowitzki’s 2009 campaign.
He had a career-best 16-game hitting streak April 11-28 (.358; 24-for-67), the longest hitting streak by a Rockies player in 2019. Story hit his 100th and 101st career home runs on May 24 vs. Baltimore, the second his second career walk-off home run. He reached 100 career home runs in the fewest career games played for a shortstop in Major League history (448 games), besting Rodriguez (470 games). It also was the fewest games to reach 100 home runs in Rockies franchise history, surpassing Todd Helton (491 games).
Defensively, Story ranked first among National League shortstops with 2.98 assists per nine innings in 2019, second with 4.40 total chances per nine innings and a .987 fielding percentage. He also ranked second with 17 defensive runs saved and a 2.4 defensive WAR.
This offseason, the Rockies rewarded Story with a two-year, $27.5 million contract. In addition to a $2 million signing bonus, Story, 27, will receive salaries of $8 million this year and $17.5 million in 2021. In 2021, Story will be the third-highest player on the team behind third baseman Nolan Arenado, who will make $35 million assuming he hasn’t been traded, and outfielder Charlie Blackmon ($21 million).
Story’s contract also includes performance bonuses of $100,000 for Most Valuable Player, $100,000 for World Series MVP, $25,000 for being named an All-Star, $25,000 for winning a Gold Glove and $50,000 for winning a Silver Slugger. The deal carries Story through his final two years of arbitration eligibility and could be a prelude to a longer deal. Story can be a free agent after the 2021 season.
Story has found ways to train in Texas since the MLB shutdown.
“I’m lucky. I’m blessed to have a spot I can go and get my work in. We’re kind of in that holding pattern. Right at the beginning of January is how I’m treating it. I’m not working out super hard but I’m still trying to stay sharp so I can be ready for a full season,” said Story.