Trevor Story is no longer an everyday player for the Colorado Rockies, allowing the team to play youngsters Ryan McMahon and P.J. Higgins.
And considering the idea of McMahon at shortstop in 2019 is quite an interesting one, the prospect doesn’t seem concerned by how much more the rest of the Rockies will rely on him in the coming weeks.
“I would say more attention,” McMahon said following Sunday’s 7-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. “I would say there’s definitely more interest in me in the field, but it’s kind of nice being able to bring some energy, bring a lot of energy to the field.
“Any time you put that ball in play, it brings a lot of energy to the dugout, it brings a lot of energy to the fans, and I think it is nice to have someone like that who maybe brings that element.”
Story, who joined the Rockies from the Miami Marlins in a blockbuster trade just two days prior to the start of spring training, was an extremely popular player and was expected to be a leader for the Rockies on the field and in the clubhouse.
But over the season’s first two months, Story lost his role as the Rockies’ starter at shortstop and has been relegated to the bench for much of the second half of the season.
Story is the most recent big name Rockies player to depart the team and while the Colorado brass says they need to build up their farm system before making any moves, it’s very obvious the front office will be looking to the farm when the 2019 MLB Non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches next Monday.
It could either be McMahon, or perhaps a more seasoned prospect such as Brendan Rodgers, making his big league debut in place of Story and going to the leadoff spot.
Manager Bud Black, however, made it clear that Story, despite his recent struggles, won’t necessarily be downgraded for his walk-year season.
“A lot of people have done some really good things for us,” Black said. “I don’t just go off of one player. I’ve got a lot of guys around here who have done some really good things for us this year.
“I still see a lot of power in him. You know, I’m a stickler for swings and misses at the plate. You saw how good he was swinging the bat last year. He’s got a very good eye at the plate. I still think we can utilize some of the things that he does well.”
Keep in mind that McMahon has played as high as 10 innings at shortstop throughout his eight-year career, but has also played time at second base, third base and even the outfield.
McMahon has made steady progress over the past five years in the minors. After debuting in 2015 at age 23 for the Texas Rangers, McMahon spent the last three seasons in the Rockies organization, and he’s clearly focused on proving himself as a Major League starter.
And if he’s going to get a shot at that job, he’ll have to beat out local prospect Brendan Rodgers, the son of former and current Rockies manager Bud Black.
Like McMahon, Rodgers was part of a blockbuster trade when he joined the Rockies at the end of last season. Rodgers was traded from the Rockies to the Chicago Cubs as part of the Brian Dozier trade.
“Well, I don’t have any pressure on myself to be something that I’m not,” Rodgers said. “I’m happy to play wherever the Rockies need me. I’ve just got to show them that I can. We’ll have to see where the playing time is the next couple days.”