Draft Prospect: Trevor Story | The Process Report

Draft Prospect: Trevor Story

The Rays have a history of buying out Louisiana State University commitments. The fine folks at LSU have every right to be peeve at the Rays for taking away James Shields, Reid Brignac, and Jeremy Hellickson—and after draft day, they could add one more name to the list.

Trevor Story is a 6-foot tall shortstop from Irving High School in Texas. As the introduction paragraph hinted at, he will play baseball for LSU if he goes unsigned—something not likely to occur should he be taken before the second round (or, rather, if someone will pay him pre-second round money). Why could Story possibly interest the Rays? Because Baseball America’s report indicates he might be more likely to stick at shortstop than Javier Baez and Levi Michael and suggests, “Scouts who believe in [his bat] see him as close to a five-tool shortstop.”

Yes, the Rays already have at least two decent shortstop prospects, but if the goal is to add high ceiling talent, then what holds a higher ceiling than a potential five-tool shortstop? There are cons with Story’s game, his swing needs work (although, that’s not uncommon for high school players—go back and watch Tim Beckham’s draft videos compared to now)—and his bat speed is legitimate.

Whether Story is the guy or not is to be determined, but I wouldn’t be shocked if the Rays took a shortstop at some point throughout the pick onslaught.

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