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Sitting down with Tulsa Drillers shortstop Trevor Story

Trevor Story was recently promoted to Double-A Tulsa.
Trevor Story was recently promoted to Double-A Tulsa.
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Prior to the Tulsa Drillers opening a four-game series against the Arkansas Travelers, I had the chance to sit down with shortstop Trevor Story.

Selected by the Colorado Rockies in the first round (45th overall) of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Irving (Texas) High School, Story was called up to Double-A Tulsa on June 26. Through his first 10 games in Tulsa, Story posted a .205 average with three RBIs.

Ranked No. 10 among Rockies prospects by entering the 2014 season, Story led all Rockies farmhands in doubles (43) and runs scored (96) and ranked fifth in the South Atlantic League in homers (18) in 2012.

Kevin Henry: So how has your adjustment to Double-A been this season?

Story: It’s been good so far. There is much better pitching at this level. It’s a different game as far as what pitchers will throw you on certain counts. You can’t count on a certain pitch at a certain time here. Pitchers won’t give that to you.

Henry: Your first hit in Tulsa came in your second game and was a triple. Was it a relief to get that first hit out of the way?

Story: Absolutely. It’s also nice to be playing here in this kind of atmosphere. It’s a bigger park and the fans are really supportive. It felt great to hit that triple.

Henry: When you were called up from Class A Modesto earlier this season, you were hitting .332. Was the call-up a surprise to you or were you expecting it?

Story: I was expecting it. I was having a good season so it wasn’t too much of a surprise.

Henry: Being drafted out of high school, was there any kind of adjustment period for you as you got used to the life of professional baseball?

Story: Not really. I knew when I was in high school that I was going to play pro ball. I told myself that I would take it whenever it came, and it came for me right after high school. I had been playing baseball all of my life and getting drafted was really the fulfillment of my dreams.

Henry: You were a high draft pick and are still highly regarded in the Rockies organization. Does that add any pressure for you?

Story: No. I haven’t felt any pressure because of that. I’m not a guy who checks on the blogs to see what people are saying. My family stays away from doing that as well. I just go out and play.

Henry: So what is your focus this season?

Story: Staying consistent. Consistency is the key to being a great baseball player and my goal for this season is to find that consistency and maintain it.

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