Mark Tracy Playing in Summer League

Duquesne rising senior first baseman/catcher Mark Tracy was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 49th round of this past June's draft. Mr. Tracy is working to improve his game in an amateur collegiate summer league, the one that is in southern ... Alaska.

Mark Tracy, who has played first base and been the designated hitter for the Kenai Peninsula Oilers of the Alaskan Baseball League, through Sunday had played in 25 games, starting all but one. He's hitting .202, sixth highest on the team, with one home run and six RBI.

Tracy's been solid in the field, two errors in 181 chances for a .989 fielding average. The Oilers are in fifth place in the six-team ABL with an 11-14 record (won Monday night).

Most players on the roster are from schools in the west with a few from midwest colleges. Mark, whose home is in southern California, is one of two players from an east coast program -- the other is third baseman Glenn Johnson from Jacksonville. According to the Duquesne staff, Tracy chose the Alaska league because of the hunting and fishing opportunities available.

League play concludes on August 3, 2009. Tracy has until mid-August to decide whether or not to return to Duquesne for his senior season.

Two weeks ago, Kenai Peninsula Online did a feature story on Tracy. Peninsula manager Jeff Walker noted then:

    "He's starting to come around. I think his swing's starting to lock in. Right now as far as guys that we can count on, he's definitely one of them that I have to put in our lineup every day until he tells me he needs a day off." (link)

Mark had a slow start this past season for the Dukes. He got his first hit in game 6, his first RBI in game 12 and first home run in game 14, the second in #15.

Numbers three and four came right after two games where Coach Mike Wilson had benched Tracy, though Mark did see action in both. There was one more benching (game 26) where Tracy saw no action. The Pepperdine transfer was batting just over .200 (.202) at that point.

It was game 27 that Duquesne won its first Atlantic 10 Conference contest in six tries, the opener of a doubleheader with Charlotte on April 4, 2009. In the nightcap, Tracy cleared the bases with a grand slam in a 16-10 win.

Tracy started every game after that, the start of a streak where he hit eight home runs in eight games.

For the Dukes, it was a 14-41 season (7-19 in the A-10). Mark Tracy led the Dukes with 14 home runs (5th in the A-10) and 46 RBI and raised his season batting average to .250. His fielding average was .985, highest of DU players with at least 100 chances.

According to Kenai reporter Matthew Carroll, Colorado hasn't made an offer. Got to figure what's best for this 21-year old athlete will be the deciding factor even if that fact changes.

His dad, former Pittsburgh Pirate manager Jim Tracy, went from bench coach to interim manager of the Rockies after Clint Hurdle was fired on May 29th. The team was 18-28 at the time.

Colorado has gone 29-13 (47-41) since then including a 5-2 run last week before the All-Star break.


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