Welcome to the 2021 edition of Ranking the Rockieswhere we take a look at each player to get the game time for that Rockies in 2021. The purpose of this list is to provide a snapshot of the player in context. The “ranking” is an organizational principle taken from the WAR (rWAR) of Baseball Reference. The employees did not discuss this. We start with the player with the lowest rWAR and end with the player with the highest.
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No. 1, Trevor Story: 4.2 rWar
Trevor Story appeared in purple pinstripes in 2016 and made seven home runs in the first six games of his rookie season. After losing Troy Tulowitzki to a trade in 2015, Story was a very welcome sight for sore eyes among Rockies fans. Having an exciting player like Story stepping into the role and not looking back has helped the Coors Field believers venture into a new era.
Although Story’s rookie season was interrupted by an injury, after 27 home runs, a .272 / .341 / .567 slashline, and an OPS + of 122, he finished in just 97. played fourth place in the National League Games Rookie of the Year election.
History would continue to make an important contribution to two playoff teams, something few Rockies players have in their 29-season history. 2017 and 2018 marked the first time in Rockies history that the club reached the playoffs in consecutive seasons.
Story had a minor dip in its sophomore year 2017 but was still adding to the playoff-tied Rockies who finished with 24 homers while also providing excellent defense as he and Nolan Arenado locked the left side of the infield.
In 2018, Story formed his first All-Star Team when he dealt with 37 homers, 27 stolen bases, 108 RBI, a slash line of .291 / .348 / .567 and an OPS + of 127 and an rWAR of 6.2. He led the Rockies to the brink of their first division win and eventually lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 163.
However, Colorado has earned a spot with wild cards and the chance to beat the Chicago Cubs for the ages in a wild card game. Defending history helped Kyle Freeland, Scott Oberg, and all pitchers in between beat them 2-1 in 13 innings.
2021 – a season-long swan song
Story came into the 2021 season in the final year of his contract, with two All-Star Game appearances and no Nolan Arenado, who had played alongside him for each of his first five seasons. Story had become a clear face of the franchise along with Charlie Blackmon and easily took on the role.
Story struggled to find his power early in the season, failed to make his first home run until game 19 of the season (April 23), and scored only 11 homers in the first half. However, with the Rockies hosting the All-Star Game, Story was the clear choice to represent them in the Home Run Derby. He didn’t disappoint, scoring 20 home runs in the first round and defeating Joey Gallo before falling 13-12 over Trey Mancini in the second round.
The story returned to its typical self in the second half of the season and was the engine that kept the Rockies offensive moving in the second half of the year. After the All-Star Break, Story cut .253 / .337 / .506, scored 13 home runs and had an OPS + of 126 in 65 games played.
Story 2021, like the entire Rockies team, had its ups and downs, but ended with it finishing with the highest rWAR on the team. He ended with a .251 / .329 / .471 slash line, 24 homers and an OPS + of 103. His defense and speed certainly helped round out his game and always made him a valuable player even when struggling Plate.
Six tool player
Story’s six-year career was highlighted by his six tools (hitting, hitting for strength, running, fielding, throwing, and bat flipping). Story has been in the middle of the Rockies lineup throughout his career, and his hit tools have always remained a hallmark of his. his reach and strong arm have highlighted his excellent defensive skills, but his racket flips really make him stand out. Story took its bat-flip game to a new level in 2021 and separated from the rest of the league.
After Story was not traded on the cut-off date, the focus around him turned to speculation about its future. Story did his best to be honest about his relationship with the organization and thoughts on where he would sign in the off-season. He made it clear that he wanted to test the free market while also showing his appreciation to the Rockies and fans for their support during the first six years of his major league career.
Ultimately, Trevor Story’s inaction enabled him to get what Nolan Arenado never got: a proper goodbye to Rockies fans.
Story was one of the most talented players to ever play in purple pinstripes and the Coors Field believers were able to show him how much he was valued.
While it’s not necessarily over, the Rockies chapter of Story’s baseball career seems to be coming to an end. His time in Colorado included some of the highest highs and lowest lows in franchise history, but Story Time has been a highlight throughout.