Trevor Story promoted to Tulsa

One of the Rockies' top position player prospects is making a big jump.

Rockies infield prospect Trevor Story has been promoted to Double-A Tulsa, the Drillers announced via Twitter. He will be in uniform for the team's game against San Antonio on Thursday.

Story, 21, hit .332/.436/.582 in 218 plate appearances for High-A Modesto. Since returning from the disabled list on June 19, the 2011 first-round draft pick is 8-for-20 with a pair of home runs, three doubles and a triple.

Story did not perform well as a 20-year-old in the California League a year ago, hitting just .233/.305/.394 while striking out 183 times in 554 plate appearances. However, he came around slowly in the second half after a dreadful start was was playing against competition that was, on average, three years his superior.

The native of Irving, Texas entered the 2013 season as the No. 34 overall prospect in the game according to Baseball Prospectus. Scouts and analysts alike soured on the young shortstop after his poor season, but most -- including Minor League Ball's John Sickels -- still agreed on Story's big-time upside entering his repeat year in High-A. Here's what Sickels had to say, with a very thought-provoking statement at the end:

I have been a Story advocate so his struggles in the Cal League were disappointing. He still has intriguing power/speed potential and I still like his defensive tools, but his strikeout issues are alarming, even with his fast start in the Cal League this year it is still worrisome. This would be the equivalent of his junior year in college. How would he be viewed if he were heading into the '13 draft?

Story is so young and was facing competition so much more advanced than him that it was hard to put too much stock into his failures in 2013. Yes, there are some issues -- even though he's improved, Story has still whiffed at a rate of more than once per game this season. But the kind of improvement he's shown while still two years young for the league is very encouraging. Now he'll make one of the biggest possible jumps within the ranks of minor league baseball. If he can hold his own, there's a chance Story could be ready for a cup of coffee in the big leagues in 2015, something I didn't think I would say entering the season.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Purple Row

You must be a member of Purple Row to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Purple Row. You should read them.

Join Purple Row

You must be a member of Purple Row to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Purple Row. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker