The Colorado Rockies are one of the hottest teams in baseball, having won eight of their past nine games to surge back into playoff contention, and they have been spearheaded by the play of shortstop Trevor Story.
On the most recent episode of RADIO.COM's "Big Time Baseball" podcast, hosts Josh Lewin and Jon Heyman were joined by Rockies manager Bud Black to discuss his team's hot streak and Story, who was the National League Player of the Week after hitting .524/.583/1.048 with six extra-base hits, including two home runs and seven RBIs in a single game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
"It took (Rockies third baseman) Nolan (Arenado) a couple years to get that prominence, and I think the same is happening for Trevor," Black said. "This guy has speed. He has power. I think his defense -- for me -- one of the top-five shortstops in the game. He has range. He's got a great arm, good instincts."
Story is hitting .293 with 15 home runs, 42 RBIs and 10 stolen bases on the season.
In addition to the Rockies, Lewin and Heyman also dug into the Yankees' hot play and the issues surrounding Clint Frazier, Rafael Devers' emergence in Boston, how the Minnesota Twins continue to rake and the Philadelphia Phillies' struggles.
Baseball America's Kyle Glaser joined the podcast to discuss the MLB Draft, and the crew wrapped up the show with the latest on free agents Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel, as well as what the Cleveland Indians may do with their stars at the trade deadline.
"At this point, (the Indians) have some key pieces that could be sold," Heyman said. "Obviously, (Brad) Hand is a fantastic reliever. ... (Trevor) Bauer has been on the block for quite a while. Padres and many others have been looking at him.
"The most interesting guy is (Francisco) Lindor, who's one of the top five players in the game. ... (The Indians) wanted him long-term, but that's not gonna happen. There's no impetus for a long deal now for Lindor. He's gonna become a free agent in a couple years (after the 2021 season)."