Mark Tracy Drafted By Colorado Rockies

Duquesne junior catcher/first baseman Mark Tracy (Claremont, Calif./Claremont) was selected by the Colorado Rockies in Thursday's 49th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Tracy is the ninth Duquesne baseball player to be drafted all-time and is the fifth in the past eight years.

Mark Tracy led the Dukes with 14 home runs and 46 RBI in 2009. The Pepperdine transfer made 52 starts at catcher, first base and designated hitter, batting .250 (51-204) with six doubles, three triples, 34 runs scored, 23 walks and four stolen bases. He is the son of current Colorado Rockies manager and former Pittsburgh Pirates skipper, Jim Tracy.

In other Duquesne related draft news, Duquesne recruit Karl "Gus" Benusa (Riverview HS) was drafted in the eighth round by the San Francisco Giants. It is the first time a Duquesne signee has been drafted.

Draft began in 1965

2009	Mark Tracy		49th	  Colorado Rockies
2007   	Keith Meyer             15th      Seattle Mariners
2004   	Dan Schwartzbauer   	41st      Pittsburgh Pirates
2003   	Jim Popp            	50th      San Francisco Giants
2002   	Jim Popp            	48th      Colorado Rockies
1999   	B.J. Barns           	6th       Pittsburgh Pirates
1998   	Joe Beimel          	18th      Pittsburgh Pirates
1970   	Ken Fulton *         	11th      Pittsburgh Pirates
1966   	Willie Somerset *     	3rd       Pittsburgh Pirates
* - January regular phase

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