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SCOTTSDALE http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , Ariz. (AP) — Trevor Story saw the Colorado Rockies‘ lineup and thought ahead to the regular season.“It gives you a little excitement, maybe a little preview,” the All-Star shortstop said after hitting a home run and getting a base hit in three at-bats Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.“I think we’re getting there, we feel like we’re heading in the right direction,” he said.Story is coming off the best of his three big-league seasons after hitting 37 homers and stealing 27 bases in 2018. He made his first All-Star appearance and homered in that game as well.He was also instrumental in helping the Rockies to the wild card and a berth in the National League Division Series, their first since 2009.For now, manager Bud Black has moved Nolan Arenado to the No. 2 spot in the batting order, behind Charlie Blackmon. Free-agent addition Daniel Murphy slots in between Arenado and Story, with outfielders David Dahl and Ian Desmond behind the shortstop.With Kyle Freeland also on the mound and taking his turn at the plate Wednesday, it could be the lineup that takes the field in the opener March 28 at Miami. New second baseman Ryan McMahon and veteran catcher Chris Iannetta also started.If Story — fully healthy after right elbow pain threatened to sideline him late last season — can duplicate his 2018 success, the Rockies may be even more dangerous than last season’s 91-72 squad.“Trevor’s doing well. He’s locked in,” manager Bud Black said. “He’s in a good spot.”For the first time, Story is coming into a season with health and confidence. His strong 2016 rookie year ended early with a right thumb injury.“That experience helps me a lot Russell Martin Jersey ,” Story said of last season. “At this point it’s about how I’m attacking pitchers, and realizing how they’re attacking me, and creating a good plan.”Story struggled at the plate in 2017, striking out an NL-high 191 times and batting just .239.“I want to strike out less,” said Story, who still struck out 162 times a year ago.“There’s always places to get better in this game,” he said. “Make more adjustments and I want to keep getting better on defense.”The Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed won the Gold Glove for NL shortstops last year. But with Arenado and his six awards to Story’s immediate right, he doesn’t have to look far to see the possibilities.“It’s inspiring for sure. I see the work those guys have put in and it’s something I want to win,” Story said. In a bloodless coup, Eugenio Suarez ascended to the throne of Alpha Ballplayer on the Reds in 2018 and he had the decency and grace to miss nearly three weeks with a broken thumb so as to not make..."In a bloodless coup, Eugenio Suarez ascended to the throne of Alpha Ballplayer on the Reds in 2018 and he had the decency and grace to miss nearly three weeks with a broken thumb so as to not make the takeover appear non-competitive. Sometimes when I scratch my head about why the front office signals that they are Going For It in 2019, I like to remember that Suarez will be entering his age-27 season in 2019. There are no guarantees that he will peak next year, but it seems well within the bounds of probability that there will be a breakout season in the near future and the team should be well positioned to capitalize if & when it does.One of the interesting things about Suarez’s 2018 season is that he became less selective at the plate Josh Donaldson Jersey , but it didn’t affect his strikeout rate at all. In essence, he traded walks (13.3% walk rate in 2017 to 10.6% in 2018) for home runs (4.1% HR rate up to 5.6%), with the other underlying peripherals staying pretty flat. That’s a great trade off if he can maintain it.2019 will be a telling year for Suarez. His value as a batter (OPS+ over the last three seasons: 92, 115, 135) has tracked closely with his power output (look at HR rate, ISO, XBH%, whatever). If there’s more power growth still to be unpacked, then we’re looking at an MVP-ish kind of player. Improvement tends to level off at some point, but the improvement over the last few years has been so significant that one gets the feeling that there’s still some more goodies under the tree.Defensively, Suarez transitioned from a not very good shortstop to a pretty-much-average third baseman, which tells me that: a) he’s absolutely at the right position right now; and b) he’s got to hang on as a cromulent third baseman for at least five more seasons, because once third basemen hit the defensive decline there’s typically nowhere for them to go except to first base http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , which isn’t much of an option on this club.There are several pivotal questions surrounding the Reds that will determine how enjoyable their next few seasons are. How their elite prospects emerge is one, whether the Reds ever Get The Pitching is another. Somewhere on that list, fairly high up, is what Eugenio Suarez looks like at his peak. Here’s hoping for a wild ride.Over four seasons, Suarez has appeared in 555 games with the Reds and has a batting line of .266/.344/.461 (112 OPS+). He has 91 doubles, 94 dingers, and 304 RBI with the team. His outstanding 2018 season catapulted him from #180 on the all-time Reds list to #105 and he breaks onto the list of franchise best third basemen, debuting at slot #12, displacing Edwin Encarnacion from the list.Top 15 3rd Basemen in Reds history Heinie Groh Arlie Latham Grady Hatton Chris Sabo Hans Lobert Harry Steinfeldt Bobby Adams Billy Werber Todd Frazier Aaron Boone Chuck Dressen Eugenio Suarez Charlie Irwin Babe Pinelli Lew Riggs

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