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Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story stays consistent on the brink of the big leagues

The Colorado Rockies' shortstop of the future is on the cusp of the big leagues, but nothing has changed in his approach to the game.

Trevor Story is ready to work hard for the Rockies this season.
Trevor Story is ready to work hard for the Rockies this season.
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Scottsdale, Ariz. -- The Colorado Rockies have a shortstop battle on their hands early in spring training, and prospect Trevor Story isn't making it easy on them. The team may have been angling him to start the year with the Albuquerque Isotopes—he has just a half season of Triple-A work to his name thus far—but Story is playing his way to a larger role come April.

Yes, it's very early—Story has just nine plate appearances through Tuesday—but two home runs, three walks, and five RBIs have gotten him off on the right foot, proving the shortstop is far from overmatched against big league competition.

Story, to his own credit, isn't worried about the stats, though.

"I’m seeing the ball good, and I get my good swings off, those are the two things," Story told Purple Row at spring training. "If I’m seeing the ball, I’ll be able to hit it, so I'm really not too worried about the results."

Speaking of results, Story is coming off a strong season split between Double-A and Triple-A, where he slashed .279/.350/.514 with 40 doubles, ten triples, and 20 home runs. High strikeout totals aside, the 23-year-old's first crack at the high minors resulted in good numbers and a productive year.

Now, with Jose Reyes' off-field situation in limbo and Cristhian Adames the other option at shortstop, there's an opportunity for Story to make his way to Denver by Opening Day.

"As far as where I want to be, I think that’s a little bit out of my hands," Story said. "But I’m going to do all I can and take advantage of every opportunity to put pressure on them."

Pressure doesn't seem to be getting to the young shortstop, who said he's adjusted well to the media attention. To Story's credit, Rockies manager Walt Weiss spoke highly of the prospect's mental strength and stability, as well.

"He’s a very mature kid, not overwhelmed in the slightest by this atmosphere," Weiss said. "He’s a kid who has a quiet confidence and conviction in what he does. I’ve been very impressed so far."

Quiet confidence and conviction might be a good way to describe Story. After all, his primary goals this spring center around staying on an even keel and keeping himself away from the hype and focus of the Rockies' hopes and expectations.

"Coming into the camp I’m just really worried about myself, doing what I can to control what I can control," Story admitted. "I'm not too worried about anything else besides that and really helping the team. Whatever the team needs, that’s my first priority."