Re-Grading every Red Sox offseason move two months in

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MAY 24: Trevor Story #10 of the Boston Red Sox reacts while rounding the bases after his three run home run in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on May 24, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MAY 24: Trevor Story #10 of the Boston Red Sox reacts while rounding the bases after his three run home run in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on May 24, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /
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Red Sox 2B Trevor Story
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MAY 26: Trevor Story #10 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates in the dugout with teammates after his three-run home run in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on May 26, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /

Red Sox sign Trevor Story to a 6-year, $140 million deal

O.K, let’s do this. How can you possibly rate Trevor Story’s season thus far? It’s been such a wild ride, from games where he looks like he can’t hit a major league fastball to games where he looks like the second coming of Babe Ruth. Just look at these splits:

April 7-May 8: .194/.276/.269 0 HR 10 RBI  105 PA  33.% K rate 8.5% walk rate
May 10- May 26: .293/.368/.776 9 HR 27 RBI 26% K rate 11.7% walk rate
May 27-June 1:  .150/.320/.250 0 HR 0 RBI 32% K rate 20% walk rate

There’s a lot of good and a lot of bad to unpack with Story. On one hand, he’s hitting the ball as well as ever, currently posting a career high 14.5% barrel percentage and 22.2 degree launch angle. He’s well above average in both average exit velocity and expected slugging, and is seventh in baseball in RBIs. He’s also a perfect 6-for-6 in stolen bases, and ranks in the 89th percentile in outs above average.

The bad, however, has been really bad. He’s currently fourth in the majors in strikeouts, a result of his inability (.181 BA) to catch up to fastball. He’s also had a number of costly errors in the field, many of the throwing variety. Story has always had strikeout and error issues, but they are becoming a major problem this year.

At the end of the day, it’s a pretty silly experiment to rate Story’s contract at this point. I mean, we’re less than 1/18 of the way through. But of all the big contracts signed last offseason, Story’s numbers are by the far the best, giving him an easy passing grade in this exercise.

Grade: B

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