Story hits for cycle at Class A Modesto

Story hits for cycle at Class A Modesto

DENVER -- Rockies shortstop prospect Trevor Story, a supplemental first-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, hit for the cycle, plus added a single for Class A Advanced Modesto on Monday night.

It's a strong start for Story, 21, from Irving (Texas) High School, who hit .233 at Modesto last season as one of the youngest players in the California League.

"After last year, I had an idea I would be coming back here, and I learned a lot about myself as a player," Story told "I really tried to get back to my old self in the offseason and just really tried to repeat what I've done my whole life."

Rockies player development director Jeff Bridich said the higher level of competition hit Story, ranked 10th among the organization's top prospects by, hard offensively last season, but the Rockies were happy his defense remained consistent. Bridich said the Rockies assured Story during Spring Training that he had the opportunity to make forward steps this season.

"We sat down with him in Spring Training two different times and explained very clearly what our hopes and expectations are for him, and he shared those hopes and expectations for the season offensively," Bridich said. "If he has, at some point in the season, outgrown that league and proven that it's no longer a necessary challenge for him, we'll move him along just like we've moved other guys."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.