Rockies select high school infielder with 45th overall pick
The Colorado Rockies selected high school infielderwith the 45th overall pick in the supplemental first round of Monday’s draft.
“We saw an athletic kid with quality makeup,” said Bill Schmidt, the Rockies’ vice president of scouting. “We thought he had the potential to play if it’s not shortstop, second base, third base. He’d be able to stay on the dirt and we thought (have) a chance to develop some offensive skills.”
Story, a shortstop from from Irving High School in Irving, Texas, has signed a letter of intent to Louisiana State, but according to Baseball America, was expected to to turn pro if selected before the start of the second round.
“We’d like to think he’d like to get his professional career started, but that’ll play out,” Schmidt said.
Story was rated as the 40th-best prospect in the draft by Baseball America. From BA‘s scouting report:
Scouts who believe in Story’s bat see him as close to a five-tool shortstop. . . . He has smooth actions along with plus range and arm strength. . . . Story has good pop for a middle infielder, though the 6-foot, 175-pounder generates his power by collapsing on his backside and using an uppercut. His quick hands generate plenty of bat speed and allow him to barrel balls, though he may need to tone down his swing against professional pitchers. He has above-average speed and runs the bases well.