Tracy To Return

Matt Tracy has some unfinished business, so he's coming back to Ole Miss to take care of things.

Drafted two weeks ago by the Marlins in the 43rd round, the left-hander from Des Peres, Mo., will return next week to Oxford to prepare for his senior season of college baseball.

"I made my decision to come back, and I'm really excited about it," said the 6-foot-3, 212-pounder with 24 appearances including four starts in 2010. "I was torn for a while, because I've always wanted to play professional baseball. But this is the right decision for me. I'm looking forward to coming back and helping us win games next year and getting another shot at Omaha."

Tracy is the second veteran this week to announce he's coming back, joining junior David Goforth who has said he will return after being drafted by the Indians in the 31st round.

Tracy is pleased Goforth is returning. With other returnees, like Jake Morgan and Brett Huber, and a host of newcomers, the Rebels have the potential to be a strong staff in 2011.

"I think we have a tremendous amount of talent," said Tracy, who finished 2010 with a 4-3 record and a 5.85 ERA in 60 innings pitched. "With guys like David and myself returning with experience, it makes a huge difference. It's also a talented class of players coming in, and we look forward to being leaders for those guys."

Matt Tracy

Tracy will work out in Oxford in July and be ready for fall classes to begin in August.

"I want to work on my approach and also attacking the hitters more to get ahead," he said. "I have to continue to work on throwing my breaking ball for a strike and also keep my changeup down to be more effective."

He likely would have done that had he gone pro. Now that he's returning, he'll be working to improve as a senior pitcher for the Ole Miss Rebels.

"Earlyon there were some negotiations," he said of talks between himself and the Marlins. "They made an offer, I thought about it, and decided to come back."

Tracy, an excellent athlete who is also an outfielder, had 29 at-bats this season in 11 games with six of them starts. Could he also be a position player more in 2011?

"There's definitely the possibility of a lot of different scenarios," he said. "So we'll see."

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